O Lord Lonnie, we bow down
To a man we once called Clown
So so bad he was last year
A demotion seemed quite clear
Somehow he stayed with the team
Filling in, he kept his dream
Quietly, his average rose
Less at-bats the trick, I s’pose
Playing more, his high marks stuck
Soon seemed like ’twas more than luck
“Chisenhall,” his name called oft
Batting average stayed aloft
Monday was his night of nights
His output could power lights
T.J. House, the rookie, faltered
While the record books were altered
Our Lord Lonnie, starting mellow
Singled to bring in one fellow
Then the hits kept coming strong
Three of them were hit quite long
In the end, he plated nine
One their pitchers, he would dine
Others would add to the rout
None, though, could get near his clout.
That’s by Eric Hanson, the Cleveland Indian bard, (Tribelines) and here it is translated to mere sports-writerish:
Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall had nine runs batted in and three home runs in a five-hit game, Michael Brantley scored five times and the visitingCleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers, 17-7, on Monday night.
The only other nine-R.B.I. game in Cleveland history was by Chris James in a 20-6 victory for the Indians on May 4, 1991, against Oakland.
Chisenhall had two-run homers in the second and fourth innings before hitting a three-run shot down the right-field line in the eighth to give the Indians a 17-6 lead.
Which do you prefer, the poetry, natch?
Chisenhall meanwhile is poised to become the first Indian since Samsom Occum I mean Bobby Avila in 1954 to lead the loop in batting percentage. He’s at .342 as of 9:33 Sunday