Indians RF David Murphy was one of two players to have five hits in their 15-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday.
Cleveland Indians outfielder David Murphy and designated hitter Lonnie Chisenhall made history when they both collected five hits in the Tribe's 15-4 drubbing of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Wednesday night.
Murphy and Chisenhall became the first pair of Indians to have five-hit games on the same night since Johnny Burnett, Earl Averill and Eddie Morgan achieved the feat in an 18-inning loss to the Philadelphia A's on July 10, 1932.
They were the first Indians to achieve the feat in a nine-inning game since Johnny Hodapp and Luke Sewell each had five hits in a 24-6 win over the New York Yankees on July 29, 1928.
"It's just one of those things," Murphy told Sportstime Ohio after the win. "We had good at-bats early, and then, we just kind of fed off of one another later in the game. It was one of those things where earlier in the season, maybe there were times when we'd score runs early and not add on. It was great that we did add on all game long."
Murphy, who had a four-hit game earlier in the season, reached the five-hit plateau for only the third time in his career. He drove in five runs, scored two others, had three extra-base hits, and became the eighth Indian since 1919 to have five hits, five RBI and three extra-base hits in the same game.
"It was one of those games where everything worked out perfectly," Murphy said. "It was one of those nights, not just me, but for the team. Yan Gomes had one of the best at-bats I've ever seen. Lonnie Chisenhall, Corey Kluber, a great team effort."
As a team, the Indians pounded out 22 hits, and everyone in the batting order, except for first baseman Nick Swisher, had at least one hit.
Chisenhall continues to swing the bat well for the Indians, and currently has a .361 average after going five for six in the win over the Blue Jays.
"Lonnie probably could've had another one," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "His out was hard hit. We talk so often about not wanting to give teams innings off and having some balance.
"That makes you feel good when you're getting contributions all up and down. That's the kind of team we have to be. You're not going to get five-hit games very often, but just the idea of being able to have a chance to try and score every inning is important."
The Indians may have scored 15 runs against the Blue Jays, but they held only a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning. That, however, is when they began to string along multiple hits and score runs in bunches, including a six-run ninth that catcher Yan Gomes capped off with a three-run home run to right field.
"Early on, we swung the bat real well, but we were stranding some runners, leaving some opportunities out there," Francona said. "Then, we kept swinging at strikes. From top to bottom, we either took walks or got hits, and really, the bottom four of our order probably had 15 hits. That just was a good night all around.
"That was a really good at-bat (by Gomes). When you've got a guy that's catching, it's easy to lose focus in games like that. He grinded one away, and good for him. He ends up with a three-run homer."