Lonnie Chisenhall Smashes 3 Home Runs, Knocks in 9 RBI vs. Rangers

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2014

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Lonnie Chisenhall had himself a night to remember on Monday. The Cleveland Indians third baseman registered five hits, three home runs and nine runs batted in against the Texas Rangers, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

He capped off his historic performance with a home run in the top of the eighth to make it a 17-6 game in favor of the Indians. The Tribe would end up winning 17-7.

After the game Chisenhall talked about his incredible night with Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Chisenhall is the first batter with a stat line this gaudy since Fred Lynn in 1975:

The nine RBI tied a team record, per Let's Go Tribe:

Chisenhall is also single-handedly outperforming the entire Tampa Bay Rays offense, per Deadspin's Timothy Burke:

The 25-year-old has been Cleveland's best hitter all season. After Monday night, he boosted his average to .385, with his slugging percentage rising to .615. He also has seven home runs and 32 RBI.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan thinks Chisenhall is a prime example of why it's never a good idea to throw in the towel on promising prospects:

Zack Meisel of The Plain Dealer wonders if Chisenhall might sneak into the All-Star Game:

Sooner or later, the third baseman will fall back down to earth. He can't keep up this kind of production for much longer.

However, Chisenhall has taken massive steps in his development this season. Fans have seen flashes of promise in years past, but this is the first in which he's put it all together at the plate.

If Cleveland is to remain in the hunt for the American League Central, then it will need Chisenhall to continue being the offensive tone-setter.