The Stat Line Of The Night — 7/7/11 — Travis Hafner
Isn’t it amazing how one swing of the bat can change everything in a baseball game?
The Toronto Blue Jays went into the bottom of the ninth inning last night with a 4-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Most would think that the game would be wrapped up at that point, but those who have followed the Jays and witnessed their shoddy bullpen in action knew better. The Indians started out the ninth with a single, a double and a walk, loading the bases for left fielder Michael Brantley. With no one out, Jays manager John Farrell pulled closer Frank Francisco and inserted lefty Luis Perez, who didn’t fare much better, as he allowed Asdrubal Cabrera to single in one run before giving up a walk-off grand slam to Travis Hafner.
Hafner was already having a decent day at the plate, but the ninth inning homer capped off a 3-for-5 night for the Indians DH, with one run and four RBIs. It also led his team to a thrilling 5-4 come-from-behind victory and earned him the “Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, July 7, 2011.