1. Jose’s Offensive Dominance And Edwin’s Almost Cycle
Thursday was another great night for Ramirez on the offensive end.
Ramirez went three-for-five from the plate with three RBIs.
He notched his 16th home run of the year in the bottom of the first inning, a two-run shot over the center field wall that put the Tribe up, 3-0.
That homer ended a 66-inning homerless streak from the Indians at Progressive Field. Per our Matt Loede, the last homer before Ramirez’s tonight was on June 25th against the Minnesota Twins, also from Ramirez.
Per the Indians, Ramirez now has 48 extra-base hits this season, the most by an Indians player before the All-Star break since Jim Thome’s 53 extra-base hits in 1998.
Ramirez was on a hot streak at home coming into today as well. Over the previous 11 games, (not including today) Ramirez was batting .381 with five RBIs and 2 home runs.
Edwin Encarnacion joined Ramirez tonight with a stellar offensive game. He was one triple away from a cycle, and ended the night going four-of-five from the plate with two RBIs.
His homer to center came in the fifth inning as the lead-off batter. Encarnacion also singled in the third and eighth innings, and posted an RBI-double in the sixth.
With tonight’s shot, in each of the last six seasons, Encarnacion has hit 18 homers or more leading into the All-Star break.
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