Tribe wins despite Ryan Sweeney’s best efforts

The Indians won in last at-bat fashion yet again on Thursday afternoon, knocking off the A’s 4-3 in 12 innings. But the best note of the day actually belongs to A’s outfield Ryan Sweeney.

Sweeney went 5-6 and drove in two of Oakland’s three runs, becoming the first player with five hits against the Tribe in a losing effort since Rafael Palmeiro on July 12, 1992.

Over the past 30 seasons only five players (including Sweeney) have accomplished the feat, including Mickey Brantley (father of Michael) who went 5-6 with three home runs and seven RBI in easily the greatest game of his short career with the Mariners. Unrelated to Sweeney, Brantley’s performance is the only three-homer game ever recorded by a leadoff hitter against the Tribe.

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