Today in Tribe History: August 22, 1989

1989 – With four sacrifice bunts in the game, Indians shortstop Felix Fermin ties a 70-year-old Major League record and Cleveland walks off in extra innings against the Seattle Mariners, 3-2. Somehow, none of Fermin’s four sacrifices affect the final score of the ballgame.

“El Gato” dropped down a sacrifice bunt in the first inning back to the mound, moving leadoff hitter Jerry Browne to second base. He was stranded on back-to-back fly outs and a groundout. After the team took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, he grounded into a double play to end the inning in his only at bat not ending in a sacrifice. Batting again in the fifth, he moved Browne to third on another sacrifice back to the mound. A groundout and lineout left him stranded there.

A walk by Browne to lead off the seventh once again led to a Fermin sacrifice, this time against reliever Mike Jackson in a 2-2 tie. The Indians would load the bases against their future closer, but would strand them all. Browne reached base to lead off an inning for the fourth time in the game in the ninth and Fermin once again moved him up with a bunt back to the pitcher. The Indians would strand a pair in the inning and the game would go to extras.

Mariners reliever Mike Schooler struck out Brook Jacoby and Joey “Albert” Belle to start the tenth before Brad Komminsk ended the contest with a homer to deep left to win it.

Fermin became the first Major Leaguer to have four sacrifice bunts in one game since Indians shortstop Ray Chapman accomplished the feat in 1919. He would lead all of baseball in sacrifices on the year with 32.

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