Rapid Reaction: Indians 17, Rangers 7
June, 9, 2014
By Travis L. Brown | Special to ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cleveland Indians scored early and scored often in a 17-7 rout of the Texas Rangers on Monday at Globe Life Park.
How it happened: Cleveland’s shelling of Rangers starter Nick Martinez in the first two innings was more than the decent offensive output the Rangers mustered could handle Monday.
The Indians scored three in the first by plating all of the first three hitters of the game and followed that with an explosive five-run second that included two home runs.
Texas managed seven runs on 11 hits, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the team’s poor start in the pitching department.
What it means: Texas falls to 31-33 on the season and is now 2-5 in its current nine-game home stand. Texas has been within two games of .500, plus or minus, for the past 19 days.
Bombs away: The MLB Home Run Derby is still about a month away, but Cleveland did its best to replicate it Monday. The Indians went deep five times, including three off the bat of third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, giving him the second multiple-home run game of his career. It was just the second multiple-home run game of the season for the Indians. Chisenhall tallied nine RBIs, which broke a team record and tied Bill Miller for most RBIs hit against the Rangers. Miller’s 2003 performance included three home runs, two of which were grand slams -- one from each side of the plate. The most recent nine RBI game was from Carlos Delgado, then with the New York Mets, on June 27, 2008.
Big slip: Martinez posted his worst start of the year: eight runs allowed in just two innings pitched. He was constantly working from behind, as he ended six plate appearances behind on the count and reached a full count four times. This performance came a game after his first career loss, in his most recent start, a 6-5 Baltimore Orioles win on Wednesday. Cleveland’s eight runs also marked a season high for Martinez.
Home woes: The Rangers are now 15-18 at home on the season and 6-15 in the past 21 games, after Texas opened the season with a 9-3 mark at Globe Life Park. That .300 winning percentage at home is the lowest in MLB, and the Rangers have the fewest home wins dating back to April 20.
Triple crown: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios hit his eighth triple of the year Monday -- his second in as many days -- and extended his lead over Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dee Gordan, who has six.
Bright spot: Rangers designated hitter Michael Choice dialed up his third home run in the past five games on a fourth-inning blast that traveled 355 feet. His first two in the series came Thursday and Friday, in what were his first career back-to-back homer games. Seven of his past 11 hits have gone for extra bases, with three doubles and four home runs.
Umpire injured: The injury bug that has plagued the Rangers’ clubhouse apparently has no boundaries. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf left the game with no outs in the bottom of the sixth after taking a foul tip off the bat of Rangers center fielder Daniel Robertson. Mark Ripperger, who began the game at second base, took over duties behind the plate, and the game was completed with a three-man crew. Wolf was evaluated at the ballpark and will continue to be evaluated over the next few days, according to Rangers officials.
Up next: The Rangers begin a two-game series with the Miami Marlins to close out their home stand. Rangers RHP Colby Lewis (4-4, 5.77 ERA) will face off against RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.33 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.