The first man on the list was Rene Gonzales, who walked only five times in his very brief Indians career. On an unrelated note, he’s also the last – and probably only – Tribesman to wear No. 88.
Michael Brantley and Travis Hafner each extended their hit streaks to seven games on Saturday night against the Mariners. They have each hit safety in every game in which they’ve played this season.
It’s the first time the Indians have had two players start a season with a seven-game hit streak since 2006 with Jhonny Peralta (9 games) and Victor Martinez (15).
Brantley’s streak is the longest by an Indians leadoff hitter since Milton Bradley started the 2003 season off with hits in 14 consecutive games.
The longest season-opening hit streak (since 1919) belongs to Johnny Temple, who hit safety in 19 straight games to being the 1961 season.
Thanks to an unlocked bullpen gate, Jhonny Peralta rounded the bases with his first career inside the park home run on Sunday afternoon. He became just the 5th Indian to hit an inside the park homer in Jacobs Field – all five of which have come since 2000.
This is an odd stretch of five inside the park home runs in an 11-year span for the Tribe. Prior to Enrique Wilson‘s in 2000, the Indians hadn’t hit one in their home ballpark since Mel Hall rounded the bases against the A’s in 1988.