Over the next couple week Let's Go Tribe readers will be voting in a number of categories to determine some of the biggest moments and performances of the season for the Indians. Our winners will then have a chance at being nominated for league-wide SB Nation awards later this month.
Today we look at the biggest hits of the season. Don't forget to vote for your favorite.
Chisenhall caps his big night (June 9)
On a Monday night in Arlington, Texas, Lonnie Chisenhall had a game for the ages. When he came to the plate in the top of the 8th, he already had four hits, including a pair of home runs, and he'd driven in six runs. That already made it a career game for him, but he didn't feel like stopping there, and instead smashed a third home run, capping one of the greatest hitting performances in franchise history:
Nick Swisher turns his day around (June 19)
Nick Swisher was 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts when he walked to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Angels. He'd looked lost at the plate all afternoon, and was not the guy most Tribe fans wanted to see at bat with two outs and the team down 3-1. Well, to paraphrase Mick Jagger, you can't always get what you want, but sometimes you get the grand slam you need:
Santana settles for a double (July 19)
The Indians were tied 2-2 with 2 in the 9th inning in Detroit, having squandered a number of opportunities throughout the game by going 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. The Tigers decided to intentionally walk Michael Brantley to load the bases, opting to face Carlos Santana instead. Oops:
Welcome to the team, kid (August 13)
Zach Walters was acquired in exchange for former All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera at the trade deadline, and after a little time with Columbus he was called up to join the Tribe. In his second game in the lineup, Walters came to the plate with one out in the 9th inning of a 2-2 game and won himself a lot of new fans:
Chisenhall puts the Tribe back ahead in KC (August 31)
The Indians were looking to complete a much needed sweep of the Royals at the end of August, looking to keep themselves within striking distance of both Kansas City and Detroit in the Central. They'd taken a 2-1 lead into the 9th, but Cody Allen gave up a home run to Alex Gordon, sending the game to extras. With two on and two out, Chisenhall entered the game as a pinch hitter and ripped a double down the right field line (the Indians had to wait three weeks to finish the victory after a massive storm blew in minutes after Lonnie's hit):
Brantley collects #200 (September 27)
The other nominees all happened in the late innings, with most putting the Tribe ahead at or very near the end of a big win. This one was just a ho-hum single up the middle in the 4th inning of a game with no real significance for either team. With this ho-hum single though, Michael Brantley became the first member of the Indians since Kenny Lofton in 1996 to reach 200 hits in a season, which is pretty awesome:
So, which is your favorite hit of 2014???