Today in Tribe History: August 31, 2004

Omar Vizquel has a day for the ages as he has six hits and drives in four in seven trips to the plate and the Cleveland Indians bash the New York Yankees in the Bronx, 22-0.

The Tribe jumped out early on New York’s Javier Vazquez, plating three in the first. Vizquel singled with one out, moved to second on a fielder’s choice, and headed to third on a walk by Victor Martinez to load the bases. Travis Hafner cleared the deck with a triple to center. With runners on the corners and one out in the second, Vizquel singled home a run, moved to third on an RBI-single by Matt Lawton to end Vazquez’s night, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Martinez as the Indians expanded their lead to 6-0.

Vizquel batted again in the third, this time against Tanyon Sturtze, and his two-out double after a Coco Crisp RBI-single scored Ben Broussard and Crisp to push the lead to 9-0. Cleveland was retired in order in the fourth, but an RBI-double (Ronnie Belliard) and a homer (Crisp) in the fifth pushed the lead up three more runs before Vizquel’s single ended Sturtze’s day. He would come around to score on a bases loaded walk from Casey Blake and the Indians would score six total in the frame.

Up for the fifth time in the sixth inning, Little O doubled home Crisp, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. 16-0 Indians. In his sixth at bat, he singled up the middle with one out but was stranded at second. With a chance for the elusive seven-hit day, he flew out to right for the second out of the ninth inning.

Vizquel actually outhit the Yankees on the day, 6-5. Jake Westbrook (seven innings, five hits, five strikeouts) and Jeremy Guthrie (two innings, one walk, one strikeout) limited the Bronx Bombers to just the five hits on the afternoon. Vizquel’s day was a rare accomplishment in Indians history, as he became just the franchise’s seventh player ever to have six hits in one game, last done by Jorge Orta on June 15, 1980.

Also on this date in Tribe history:

1996 – The Indians acquire first baseman Kevin Seitzer from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Jeromy Burnitz. Seitzer hit .386 down the stretch for the Indians that season and played sparingly the following season in his final big league campaign.

1998 – Cleveland uses a ten-run first inning to roll Oakland by a 15-6 final. Manny Ramirez drives in five and Richie Sexson homers for the fourth time in three days.

1999 – The Tribe overcomes a 12-4 deficit with a ten-run eighth inning to defeat the Anaheim Angels, 14-12. It marked the third time that season that the Indians had won a game after trailing by eight or more runs, setting a Major League record. The ten-run outburst immediately followed a five-run burst by the Angels in the top of the inning.

Photo: Cataffo/New York Daily News

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