Indians 19, Royals 1

A game like this is a blogger’s dream, so without further ado let’s dive into the great stats…

  • The Tribe scored 19+ runs for the sixth time in the Jacobs Field era. Each of the last three games, prior to last night’s, were against the Yankees.
  • It was the first time the Indians scored 19+ runs with the help of just one homer since a 19-9 win in 1977 against the Red Sox. Jim Norris provided the lone long ball that day.
  • The Indians had four players with 3+ RBI for just the 10th time in the past 90 seasons. The record is five players, accomplished in 2004 and 1928 – both against the Yankees.
  • Matt LaPorta was the first Indians No. 8 hitter to reach base five times in a game since Einar Diaz in 2000 against the Blue Jays. He is also the first No. 8 hitter to reach base five times and drive in four runs since Rusty Torres in 1973 against the Twins.
  • Carlos Santana became the first Indians catcher with three walks and a stolen base in a game since Alan Ashby in 1975 against the A’s. He also became the first Tribe cleanup hitter to do so since Mel Hall in 1988 against the White Sox.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN), Royals reliever Vin Mazzaro became the first pitcher in baseball history to allow 14 runs in fewer than three innings of work.
  • The Royals tied a franchise record by allowing four Indians to drive in at least four runs.

Peralta Inside the Park Home Run

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.