For the second consecutive game, a member of the Cleveland Guardians has homered twice in a game while also producing a bit of history. It was Bo Naylor on Tuesday while Wednesday was all Jose Ramirez.
Ramirez got the scoring started early, connecting on a 94 MPH fastball that sat middle-middle and promptly sent it over the right field fence for a two-run homer. Just a few innings later Ramirez would see two consecutive changeups in his at-bat against Jonathan Heasley and it was the second pitch that cleared the wall in center field extending the Guardians' lead to 5.
It was the second home run from Jose Ramirez that was notable in terms of Cleveland baseball history.
With his second home run of the day, Ramirez moved into a tie for fourth-place all-time when it comes to multi-home run games. Ramirez is now tied with another Ramirez, Manny, with 22. Sitting atop the list all-time are Albert Belle and Jim Thome, both with 26. Considering where Jose currently ranks, it would not be a surprise to see him stand alone at the top when his career comes to an end.
The Guardians would add three more runs during the contest and win with a comfortable 8-3 final score.
With the win Cleveland is now back to .500 on the year with a 51-51 record. This was the third consecutive series that the Guardians have won after being swept in Texas to start the year. Seeing this type of momentum right now should bode well moving forward as they continue to fight in the American League Central Division.
Speaking of the American League Central division, the Minnesota Twins were dealt their second straight defeat and have seen their lead shrink to just 2 games. The Guardians are still down, but not out. They will have a chance to continue to cut the Twins' lead as they take on the Chicago White Sox for four games beginning Thursday.