Jose Ramirez was in the middle of everything on Friday night. He ignited a comeback with an impressive home run. The All-Star third baseman made a clutch defensive play to help halt a Rangers rally. And he finally crossed the plate to push Cleveland to the win column in Friday’s 9-8 extra-innings victory at Globe Life Park.
Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez clubbed his 30th homer of the season Friday at Globe Life Park, making him the first Major Leaguer to reach 30 home runs this season. He overtook Boston’s J.D. Martinez for the MLB lead.
Though Brandon Guyer entered Saturday’s game 2-for-26 all-time against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, the right-handed-hitting outfielder had an .854 OPS against lefties and delivered a game-tying, two-run single in the sixth inning to take Sabathia out of the game. Guyer, however, was charged with a key error in the seventh inning, allowing the Yankees to take the lead and sealing a 5-4 win over the Indians at Progressive Field.
Shane Bieber was victorious in his first career start against the Yankees after he fanned six and allowed just three runs in seven-plus innings, backed by multi-RBI efforts from Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley. New York made things interesting off the Cleveland bullpen, pulling within a run before Cody Allen thwarted the threat to record his 19th save.
Corey Kluber understands his importance to the Indians for the second half of the season. Should Cleveland capture its third straight American League Central crown, the ace will also want to log as many innings as possible on the October stage. With that in mind, Kluber has decided not to participate in the All-Star Game.
The Yankees have seen plenty of Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez — MLB’s home run leader heading into Thursday night. But New York ran up against another powerful slugger in the opener at Progressive Field, as Jose Ramirez belted his 28th blast of the season to tie Martinez for the Major League lead.
Inside a packed Progressive Field on Thursday night, the opener of this four-game set lived up to its blockbuster billing, but the Indians were hung with a 7-4 defeat. Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor showed why they are arguably baseball’s best offensive duo, but the Yankees got to ace Corey Kluber in the end.
When Trevor Bauer was dealing with a gash on the pinkie finger of his throwing hand two years ago, the Indians starter considered cauterizing the wound himself in order to keep pitching in the postseason. So, no, taking the mound this Sunday is not hindering Bauer’s desire to pitch in the All-Star Game next week.
It shouldn’t catch Ty Van Burkleo off-guard, but it does. The Indians’ hitting coach is around Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor every day. And yet, when the scoreboard occasionally flashes a listing of the Major League home run leaders, Van Burkleo is still amazed.