Cleveland Indians: Jack Hannahan Shines as Clutch Hitter

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIApril 25, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 24: Jack Hannahan #9 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two RBI double during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on April 24, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Indians claimed a 4-3 victory against the Kansas City Royals yesterday, thanks in large part to third baseman Jack Hannahan's clutch hitting.

Hannahan has proved himself to have a strong bat this season, and it shows in his confidence. He has also shown the ability to come through in critical moments in games and be highly effective.

In the fifth inning, he smashed a two-run double off of Jonathan Sanchez, giving the Indians a 4-1 lead over the Royals.

Bolstered by a solid and strong pitching staff out of the bullpen, the Indians got their eighth win in their last 10 games.

Hannahan has always been an excellent defensive player, and he has improved to become an intimidating presence at the plate with a powerful bat this season.

Indians manager Manny Acta said to MLB.com, "He's flying high, confidence wise. We want to see him up there. He's already been huge for us in a few games. His heartbeat is probably a lot slower than a lot of the younger kids that we have here."

Hannahan went 2-for-3 against the Royals, and now leads his team with 13 RBI. He has a seven-game hitting streak with a batting average of .364.

His confidence has not inflated his ego, though. He said, "It's such a long season. It's early. I just want to go out every day and keep doing what I've been doing. Same approach. Good things should happen, hopefully."

Hannahan is on fire on the field and at the plate. If he keeps it up, this could turn into a superstar season for him.