The Cleveland Indians faced a big challenge Thursday night and proceeded to destroy the New York Yankees in a blowout win.
Thursday was just your typical night for the Cleveland Indians.
19 runs. 24 hits. Seven home runs.
The Indians offense essentially ended the game in the top of the first inning with seven runs on three home runs. The long-ball barrage began with Jose Ramirez‘s grand slam in the top of the first and continued from there.
Things got so bad the Yankees gave up after seven innings when non-pitcher and totally real person Mike Ford pitched the final two frames. He served up some real meatballs and escaped with only five earned runs.
Oh, and Adam Plutko went six innings and allowed only three runs against this 81-win lineup.
The offensive highlights continue. Every single starter had at least two hits. Five players had at least two runs batted in. In addition to the seven home runs there were four doubles. My favorite player ever, Franmil Reyes, even had two hits during the barrage.
Games like this one aren’t fun to watch due to any drama. The fun comes from watching the Indians finally have that huge game on offense. It was almost cathartic for fans. I’m sure it was for the players as well.
The best part is that the win came against the big bad guys in the American League. Though this performance may have shown that the Houston Astros are the true top dog for the Indians to take down.
Not much else to say about this one, folks. It was a total domination and helped keep the Indians just .5 games back of the Minnesota Twins.
It is quite the relief when the only thing to do after a game is list the offense’s feats. We didn’t have to talk about any questionable steals, bunts, calls or anything of the sort. Just dingers and doubles.
That’s baseball, baby.