VIDEO: So Lonnie Chisenhall had kind of a big night
Is Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall finally realizing his potential? Monday night's legendary performance suggests he is.
Screencaps from our play-by-play log of this particular contest shall be the medium through which we tell Mr. Chisenhall's story.
Here's what he did in the first inning ...
And here's his next time up in the second ...
He comes up again in the fourth inning ...
More "Chis" in the sixth ...
And finally, triumphantly in the eighth ...
Here's that final flourish in action-news video format ...
For those counting, that's five hits in five trips to the plate, three homers, a double, nine RBI and 15 total bases. An honest day's work, that.
Some further perspective:
Chisenhall is 4th MLB player in last 100 years with 3 HR, 5 H, 9 RBI. Last was Fred Lynn on June 18, 1975.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 10, 2014
Chisenhall came into the night batting a highly impressive .365/.413/.538 in 176 plate appearances. After cutting a Monday night swath through Texas, he's now batting .385/.429/.615.
It wasn't so long ago that Chisenhall, now 25, was a well-regarded top-40 prospect. He's shown some pop at the highest level, but the other elements of his offensive game went missing. Until this year, that is. Obviously, Chisenhall isn't this otherworldly, but this season he has cut down on his strikeouts and ramped up his line drive rate. In other words, we may be seeing some genuine skills growth.
If Monday night and indeed all of 2014 are any guide, then Chisenhall is in the midst of realizing his potential.
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