Rangers Deteriorate Into Props For Indians' History

Couple years ago the Rangers and Josh Hamilton were making us evaluate historical feats at the plate. Monday night in Arlington, they could only assist in history.

Leading a 17-7 Indians’ rout at Globe Life Park, Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall produced an unprecedented performance at the plate: 5 for 5 with three homers and nine RBI. Never been done in baseball history. It was only two Aprils ago that Hamilton had his four-homer night (5 for 5 with eight RBI) in Baltimore, but these days the injury-depleted Rangers are on the wrong side of history.

Chisenhall’s 5 for 5 isn’t all that rare. Happened four times this season, 15 times last year and 257 times since 2000. But 5 for 5 with three homers? That feat has been accomplished only 14 times since 1914. And 5 for 5 with three homers and nine – 9! – RBI? First time ever last night.

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It wasn’t the best night at the plate in Major League Baseball history. But Chisenhall’s performance created a new category of power and greatness. While, in another sign of a season spiraling the wrong direction, the Rangers and pitchers Nick Martinez and Scott Baker were merely fodder for the history.

Chisenhall's nine-RBI night was also the biggest night ever allowed by the Rangers.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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