Asdrubal’s big day

Asdrubal Cabrera went 5-5 with two home runs and five RBI on Sunday afternoon, just the 4th such game by an Indian in the baseball-reference era (since 1919) and the first by a shortstop. More than likely, he is the first shortstop in team history with such a stat line (technically it’s possible that it happened pre-1919, but highly unlikely given the lack of home runs, especially by middle infielders).

Cabrera is also the only player on that list to also steal a base in the same game.

Cabrera is also just the third Indians with five hits and two home runs from the No.2 slot in the batting order, joining Ellis Burks (June 19, 2001) and Bobby Avila (June 20, 1951).

But Cabrera’s numbers aren’t just historical by Indians standards.┬áThe only other shortstop in the baseball-reference era with at least 5 hits, 2 HR and 5 RBI was Roy McMillan of the Cincinnati Reds on April 20, 1960.

Cabrera also joins just six others – regardless of position – in the baseball-reference era with five hits, two home runs, five RBI and a stolen base.

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt H HR RBI SB Pos.
Asdrubal Cabrera 2011-05-22 CLE CIN W 12-4 5 2 5 1 SS
Danny Bautista 2004-04-22 ARI MIL W 11-9 5 2 5 1 RF
Mike Marshall 1984-04-22 LAD SDP W 15-7 5 2 6 1 LF
Willie Stargell 1968-05-22 PIT CHC W 13-6 5 3 7 1 LF
Bob Johnson 1937-08-29 (1) PHA CHW W 16-0 5 2 7 1 LF
Carl Reynolds 1930-07-02 (2) CHW NYY W 15-4 5 3 8 1 LF
Jimmie Foxx 1929-05-01 PHA BOS W 24-6 5 2 5 1 1B
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/23/2011.
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Shelley Duncan is Mr. Clutch

I was going to wait until tomorrow to write this up, but when I saw the name it produced I was too excited to wait.

Shelley Duncan pinch hit for Travis Buck (who had pinch-ran for Travis Hafner) in the 10th inning of tonight’s win over the Royals. Duncan promptedly ripped a RBI double into the left-field corner to give the Tribe a 4-3 lead.

It was the Indians first go-ahead pinch-hit RBI in extra innings since Kenny Lofton singled in Josh Barfield in a game against the Tigers in August, 2007.

But that’s not the best of it.

You have to go all the way back to 1988 to find the last go-ahead pinch-hit extra-base RBI in extra innings, when Ron Kittle homered against the White Sox in the 11th inning to break a 4-4 tie.

Hows that for a random note? From Ron Kittle to Shelley Duncan – two names that will live forever in Indians lore.

In between Kittle and Duncan, Ellis Burks, Jody Gerut, Lou Merloni and Lofton were the only others with pinch-hit go-ahead RBI in extra innings.