CLEVELAND, Ohio – Jose Ramirez made his way after falling 0 for 16 Wednesday night with a single down center.
Ramirez came out of that funk Thursday night as the Indians went wild against the Reds, 13-0, at Progressive Field behind six solid innings from Carlos Carrasco and the pitching staff’s fourth shutout in 14 games.
On a first-inning swing that echoed Tom Hamilton’s voice throughout the void, Ramirez gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with a straight homer against Luis Castillo as the second hitter of the game. It was Ramirez’s third home run of the season and he came on a 3-2 pitch.
There was a lot more where it came from, as Ramirez added a triple and another homer to wake up an attack that had spent the first 13 games of the season in almost complete silence. The Indians, after a four-game losing streak, have won three in a row.
“I think that was the key to getting us up to the board and relieving the tension of the attack a bit,” Ramirez said, through performer Agustin Rivero.
Ramirez started a two-run rally in the fifth with a Castillo triple off that scored Cesar Hernandez from first base to a 2-0 lead. Francisco Lindor, hitting .194 (6 for 31) at home, made a single to the right to make it 3-0. After Ramirez’s first home run, and before Hernandez managed to score two strikeouts in the fifth, Castillo (0-2, 4.76) and Carrasco looked like they were going to be tied zero for zero.
Castillo struck out seven outs from the second to the first two outs in the fifth inning before the game changed dramatically for him. Carrasco (2-1, 2.50), meanwhile, continued to roll.
Carrasco has allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings. He struck out eight goals and walked four to improve his career to 4-0 against the Reds. Cam Hill, Phil Maton and Adam Plutko completed the shutout with three strokes with a scoreless end each.
It was the Indians’ second shutout against the Reds in as many games. They beat Cincinnati, 2-0, on Wednesday.
The victory represented a virtual cornucopia of offense for the race-hungry Indians. They entered the game after scoring 34 points in their first 13 games, averaging 2.6 per game. In the seventh inning on Thursday alone, they scored 10 points.
That’s right, 10 races. Their highest point total in their first 13 games was nine. The last time the Indians scored 10 runs in an inning was on September 28, 2018 against Kansas City.
The round featured Ramirez’s second home run of the game, a two-run drive to the left. It was the second time this season that he had toured both sides of the field and the sixth time in his career.
“I knew it would happen,” Ramirez said. “We have a great group of guys, who are established MLB hitters. So I knew it was going to happen. I knew we had the talent and it was a possibility.
Hernandez, just before Ramirez’s home circuit, scored a three-point brace. The round also included three steps loaded with bases by Jose De Leon. Carlos Santana, Beau Taylor and Delino DeShields marched with the bases loaded to pick up an easy RBI. Santana finished the match with four steps, the fourth time he has done so in his career.
DeShields, on his first start of the season after being added to the pre-game roster, started the 10-point rally with a single start. During his second appearance on the set, he drew a walk loaded with basics.
“We’ve heard people say Indians don’t have any hits,” said Ramirez, when asked about the 10-point inning. “It’s just a reminder that we are good, that we can produce and that we can produce for the rest of the season.”
It wasn’t a good night for the Reds.
The Indians, with the victory, retained the Ohio Cup. They had already clinched it with their 2-0 win on Wednesday night which gave them a 2-1 lead in the four-game series. That meant if the Reds were tied in the series on Thursday, the Indians would still have kept the Cup.
Ramirez was named the Ohio Cup MVP.
In the sixth inning, with the Indians in the lead, 3-0, Carrasco had two and two strikeouts with Jesse Winker at home. Jerry Meals, the home plate umpire, called Winker to draw a loud protest from the Reds’ dugout canoe. Manager David Bell stepped onto the pitch to argue the appeal, but was immediately sent off by Meals. Winker, in the process, was also kicked out.
Matt Davidson, a positional player, pitched the eighth and final inning for the Reds.
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