KANSAS CITY, Mo. “Even after Tuesday’s convincing victory over Kansas City, the Cleveland Indians still have many questions.” But one of the answers could be Harold Ramirez in the center field.
Only in his second game, after joining the club from the taxi team, did Ramirez score a couple of goals, including a doubling of RBI, doubling the relief of the Royals Josh Staumon in the eighth inning of the Indians’ 7-3 victory at Kaufman Stadium.
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Ramirez said he hates to cross out and when it comes to double counting, he takes steps to avoid it.
“My approach is getting really aggressive, just to put the ball in play,” Ramirez said.
Ten of Cleveland’s 15 wins are return wins, and a deficit of three wins on Tuesday corresponds to their biggest comeback of the season. Ramirez and Naylor remained hot on the plate, each collecting a pair of hits to lead to a resurgent offense that emerged late after fighting left-winger Mike Minor.
Cleveland have won four of their last five games and three straight against the Royals, dating from the first week of April, as they beat Kansas City in a draw in first place with Chicago at the top of the Central Division of the American League.
The Indians had no answers earlier for Minor, who confused the Cleveland strikers in five passes, allowing only three goals and three walks.
But the Indians came together from a three-fold deficit in the sixth when Franmil Reyes sent a tall piece with the bases loaded to the short stop Nikki Lopez, who jumped under his glove. Two runs into the game and Jose Ramirez entered third base.
Jose Ramirez later returned home with a single by Harold Ramirez from Greg Holland, who finished the game at 3. Manager Terry Francona said he understood that sometimes there would be disappointment, but the biggest thing for the Indians is that they keep plays.
“If you keep playing, it’s fun,” Francona said. “Our dugout had a lot of energy, especially after Jake hit that ball. I like to watch these guys have fun because they fought hard to give us a chance to win. “
Right-hander Phil Matton made his first start in the major leagues as an “opening” for rookie Sam Henges, who entered the second inning after Matton allowed a one-time double by Hunter Dosier and an RBI single by Michael A. Taylor. He hit Hanser Alberto and retired Lopez on a fly to the right to avoid trouble.
Francona compares Henges to Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch, who made his major league debut against Cleveland on Monday. He said Henges’ command was sometimes “spotty”, especially when he went deeper into the game.
“This is a child who has an uneven schedule over the last three weeks,” Francona said. “We hope to make him work for five days, it will be really good for him.”
Kansas City added to their lead in third in an unusual game when Salvador Perez single in a disc in the deep right center. With Whit Maryfield in third and Andrew Benintendi in second, Perez’s fly landed between Harold Ramirez and Naylor on the warning track. Maryfield scored easily, but Benintendi was confused, probably by the wrong decision of the catch judge, and was closed between second and third.
Naylor quickly returned the ball inside and Amed Rosario marked Beninendi, but after crew leader Angel Hernandez talked about the game, Benintendi got a third base.
Francona argued furiously with Hernandez while Henges threw several pitches to stay free. In the end, the call didn’t cost Cleveland any runs, as Henges hit Jorge Soler and made Taylor throw to the right.
Perez gave the Royals a three-fifth lead in the heel with a 460-foot host from Henges, who landed in the fountains beyond the center wall of the field. It was Perez’s seventh home game and his second against Cleveland this year.
As the Kansas City turret collapsed for the second time in a row at the end of the inning, the Cleveland turret hung tight again. Nick Sandlin, Nick Wittgren and Cal Quantrell combined for 4 1/3 of unsuccessful innings after Henges left. Sandlin hit Taylor with a good move in a scoring position in the fifth, while Wittgren ran a clean seventh.
Quantrill only allowed a kick in the eighth and a walk and a kick in the ninth before Carlos Santana hit a double game 3-5 to finish the game.
Next: The series continues on Tuesday when the Indians send the right Shane Bieber (3-2, 2.76) to the mound. He faces the right hand of Royals Brady Singer (1-2, 3.09). The first field is scheduled for 20:10. The game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Great Lakes, WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM and Radio Network of Indians.
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