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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians’ two-out barrage best in MLB since 2011

Sitting at the Indians-Reds game last night with TD, I had planned to just spend a quiet inning away from my friends. Then, suddenly, Michael Brantley had a two-out RBI hit. And then Yan Gomes. And Ryan Raburn. And the beat continued to the top of the lineup.

All in all, I was away from my friends for nearly 45 minutes as the Indians demoralized Homer Bailey and the Reds for seven  runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. When the rally was finally over against reliever Alfredo Simon, Cleveland had plated six consecutive two-out RBI hits.

So I was curious. After looking at Baseball-Reference’s Play Index search of all of the 7,830 two-out RBI hits since 2012, I was able to find out the historical rarity of last night’s feat.

Cleveland’s six two-out RBI hits in one inning1 are the most by any team in the last two seasons. Here is the list:

6 – Cleveland, 5/30/13, b4 vs. Cincinnati (7 total RBI)
5 – LA Angels, 8/23/12, t3 at Boston Red Sox (6 total RBI)
5 – St. Louis, 7/21/12, b7 vs. Chicago Cubs (8 total RBI)
4 – (27 occurrences, most recently on 5/25/13 by both San Diego and Atlanta)
3 – (132 occurrences, most recently on 5/25/13 by Boston and 5/24/13 by Houston)

On the season, the Tribe now has a .939 OPS with runners in scoring position and two outs, by far the best in baseball (MLB average is .711). Oddly enough, Terry Francona’s Boston Red Sox ranked 1st (2009), 1st (2010) and 3rd (2011) in this category in his last three seasons with the team.

[Related: Indians 7, Reds 1: We Did It, You Guys. The Ohio Cup is OURS!]

  1. I can’t necessarily tell if these other streaks were consecutive hits or not. Hence, the definition is simply “two-out RBI hits in one inning” as that is all I can concretely verify en masse. []

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    “Sitting at the Indians-Reds game last night with TD, I had planned to just spend a quiet inning away from my friends,” I knew Dery wasn’t really your friend! (I jest of course)

  • mgbode

    and we needed every single one of those runs too or we would have lost the Ohio Cup!

  • Michael

    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Indians vs Royals

    9 rbis with 2 outs

    Top 4

    1.Matt LaPorta singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

    2.Jack Hannahan grounds into a force out, second baseman Mike Aviles to shortstop Alcides Escobar. Matt LaPorta out at 2nd. Jack Hannahan to 1st.

    3.Michael Brantley walks. Jack Hannahan to 2nd.

    4.Asdrubal Cabrera singles on a pop up to shortstop Alcides Escobar. Jack Hannahan scores. Michael Brantley to 2nd.

    Coaching visit to mound.

    5.Shin-Soo Choo flies out to center fielder Melky Cabrera. Michael Brantley to 3rd.

    With Carlos Santana batting, Asdrubal Cabrera steals (5) 2nd base.

    6.Carlos Santana walks.

    7.Travis Hafner doubles (6) on a fly ball to center fielder Melky Cabrera. Michael Brantley scores. Asdrubal Cabrera scores. Carlos Santana scores.

    8.Orlando Cabrera singles on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Travis Hafner scores.

    9.Travis Buck singles on a ground ball to shortstop Alcides Escobar. Orlando Cabrera to 2nd.

    10.Matt LaPorta doubles (9) on a line drive to left fielder Alex Gordon. Orlando Cabrera scores. Travis Buck scores.

    11.Jack Hannahan singles on a ground ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Matt LaPorta to 3rd.

    12.Michael Brantley homers (4) on a fly ball to right field. Matt LaPorta scores. Jack Hannahan scores.

    13.Asdrubal Cabrera strikes out swinging.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Matt LaPorta was a beast!