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.