Tribe Bats Wake Up in Grand Style: Indians 15, Blue Jays 4
Vince Guerrieri | On 14, May 2014
By the time Wednesday night’s game between the Indians and Blue Jays was over, Corey Kluber’s pitching performance seemed a distant memory – for all the right reasons.
The Tribe clubbed Toronto into submission, putting up six runs as they batted around in the ninth on the way to a 15-4 win. The Indians’ slumbering bats awoke with a jolt, putting up 22 hits against a Blue Jays pitching staff that was so worn down, the last pitcher for Toronto was second baseman Steve Tolleson. All told, the Jays threw 209 pitches.
For the first time in more than 80 years – and the first time in a nine-inning game in more than 85 years – the Indians had two players with five-hit games. David Murphy went 5-for-6 with three doubles and five RBI, and Lonnie Chisenhall continued on his tear, going 5-for-6 as well.
The Indians had the game well in hand going into the top of the ninth, when Mike Aviles led off with a double to left off Neil Wagner. A triple by Michael Bourn scored Aviles, and after Nick Swisher grounded out to Wagner, Jose Ramirez – who entered the game instead of Nyjer Morgan after Michael Brantley left with back pain – singled to plate bourn. Carlos Santana popped out to shortstop Jose Reyes, but Wagner walked Asdrubal Cabrera.
Murphy got his fifth and final hit and third double of the night to score Ramirez, and Yan Gomes – who was dealt with Aviles to the Indians from Toronto for Esmil Rogers – launched a three-run home run to right field, sending Wagner to the showers. Tolleson gave up a double to Chisenhall before inducing Mike Aviles to pop out to end the inning.
Carlos Carrasco came on in the ninth, and the Blue Jays were able to tack on two more runs before the game ended, preserving the Tribe win.
The Indians got another spectacular outing from Corey Kluber, who went seven innings to get his second consecutive win. One day shy of the 33rd anniversary of Len Barker’s perfect game – against the Blue Jays – Kluber set down the first 13 batters he faced before first baseman Adam Lind doubled to left field.
By then, Kluber had been staked to a 4-0 lead. The Indians got on the board in the second inning, when Carlos Santana walked and stole second. After Cabrera struck out looking, Murphy singled, and Santana slid in under the tag of catcher Josh Thole.
In the top of the fourth, Chisenhall came up with runners at the corners and singled to right field, scoring Murphy. And in the top of the fifth, Santana hit a two-run shot to the right field power alley to open the game up a little bit.