Jose Ramirez’s only setbacks came with the swings that allowed him to join a very select club in history.
The Dominican homered from both sides of the plate in his first three at-bats to lead the Cleveland Guardians to a 10-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
Third baseman Matt Dermody (0-1) hit a solo shot in the first, a two-run shot in the third – his 200th career run – and a solo shot in the sixth, during which the Guardians struck for the cycle, hitting eight. Did and scored five times.
Ramírez, a switch-hitter, got his first two homers as a right-handed batter and the other as a left-hander.
Ramirez’s drive in the sixth inning struck out former teammate Corey Kluber and allowed the star to reach nine on the season. With this, he surpassed Travis Hafner as the ninth best home run hitter in club history with 201 home runs.
Ramírez came into the batter’s box again in the sixth inning, when 10 batters filed through the plate. He was dismissed to end the innings.
And in the eighth, he hit a harmless grounder to third.
“My last two at-bats, I’ve swung at bad balls,” he admitted.
His three-homer game was the fourth recorded in the Major Leagues this season, following the game achieved by Cuban Adolis García with Texas on April 22; One was achieved by Paul Goldschmidt with San Luis on 7 May, and was registered by Colombian Jordan Diaz on the 9th of the same month.
There was one Cleveland player who hit four homers in one game on June 10, 1959, Rocky Colavito. The last four-homer game in the majors was JD Martinez on September 4, 2017 with Arizona.
There have been only 16 cases of a batter hitting four home runs in a single game since 1901.
“Everybody in the clubhouse says the same thing, he’s the best player out there,” Cleveland starter Aaron Sivale said of Ramírez. “Play to the best of your ability every night. Maybe he’s not on paper as the most talented, maybe many people don’t consider him the best. But when he plays the way he knows he’s the best.”
Ramírez also showed his defensive qualities in the sixth inning. The glove turned upside down, he caught a powerful drive from Justin Turner and, without much support, sent the throw from one end of the diamond to the other, retiring the third baseman.
Siwale (2-1) had his second notable performance for Cleveland after spending 46 games on the disabled list with a strained oblique.
For the Red Sox, Dominican Rafael Devers 3–0. Puerto Rican Kike Hernandez 4-1.
For the Guardians, Dominican Amed Rosario won 5–1, Ramírez drove in three runs and scored five runs, 5–3. Venezuelan Andres Gimenez went 4-2 with two runs and two RBIs.