MLB Game Recap - Cleveland at Chicago Sox
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

PHI
1
WAS
4
F
MIL
4
CIN
2
F
MIN
4
DET
2
F
CHC
2
PIT
9
F
PHI
5
WAS
6
F
BAL
11
TOR
4
F
MIA
4
NYM
5
F(11)
NYY
1
TB
2
F(12)
BOS
12
TEX
10
F
CLE
11
CHW
0
F
ATL
6
KC
9
F
STL
2
ARI
3
F(19)
COL
8
SF
5
F(16)
OAK
2
LAA
3
F
LAD
6
SD
3
F
HOU
3
SEA
0
F

September 24, 2019 8:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Cleveland (93-64)

4

1

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

11

12

0

Chicago Sox (68-88)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

1

W: Clevinger (13-3)

L: Fulmer (1-2)

CLE - HR: Mercado (15) , Ramirez 2 (22) , Perez (24)

CHW - HR: none

Ramírez hits slam, 3-run shot in return, Indians rout ChiSox
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:29 AM

CHICAGO (AP) Jose Ramirez put on quite a show in his return to the lineup.

The Cleveland Indians enjoyed every moment.

Ramirez hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in his first two plate appearances after missing a month with a broken hand, and Cleveland pounded the Chicago White Sox 11-0 on Tuesday night.

Roberto Perez and Oscar Mercado also went deep for the Indians, who won for the sixth time in seven games to remain a half-game back of Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card. Cleveland also trails Oakland by one game for the top spot in the wild-card standings.

The switch-hitting Ramirez homered from both sides for the fourth time. He finished with a career-best seven RBIs.

But the compact slugger downplayed his performance as just getting back to work with his teammates, even though he said through a translator that this bat handle had been modified slightly to accommodate this surgically repaired right hand.

"I'm not surprised to be honest," Ramirez said. "You just try to compete and try to get my best pitch and have a best swing, and that's what happened.

"It was great to be back with the guys and help them in any way I can."

The 27-year-old Ramirez was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to the game. He got hurt Aug. 24 against Kansas City and had surgery two days later.

Ramirez said he's "not 100 percent yet," but manager Terry Francona was impressed by his immediate contribution.

"Seven RBIs in his first two at-bats when he has had surgery and hasn't played in a month? That's unbelievable," Francona said.

Mike Clevinger (13-3) pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and struck out 10 while extending his scoreless streak to 18 innings.

"The past five to eight starts, I've almost been trying to treat it like a playoff start even if it doesn't have the atmosphere," Clevinger said.

Batting left-handed, Ramirez drove a 3-1 pitch from Carson Fulmer (1-2) into the right-field stands with two outs in the first inning. It was his second career grand slam.

Ramirez connected again in the third, this time from the right side against Hector Santiago. His 22nd homer went deep into the left-field stands.

Ramirez hit .254 with 20 homers and 75 RBIs in his first 126 games this season. The two-time All-Star batted .320 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 46 games in July and August before getting hurt.

Dan Otero and Phil Maton finished the combined six-hitter with a scoreless inning apiece.

"Give Clevinger a little credit, the guy's pretty good," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "Nice breaking ball, good fastball, we just weren't able to do a whole lot against him,"

But Ramirez did the real damage.

"He's a special player who took advantage of a couple at-bats there that hurt us," Renteria said.

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who entered leading the majors with a .334 batting average, went 1 for 3. Zack Collins had two hits.

Santiago replaced Fulmer after the first and yielded seven runs over four innings.

After Ramirez's slam in the first, Perez made it 5-0 with his 24th homer in the second.

Following Ramirez's shot in the third, Mercado hit a three-run drive to left-center in the fifth.

EARLY EXIT

Ramirez finished 2 for 3. He struck out swinging in the fourth inning, and then was replaced at third by Yu Chang in bottom of the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent season-ending surgery on Tuesday in New York, also for a fractured bone in his right hand. He has been out since Sept. 15

UP NEXT

Indians right-hander Shane Bieber (15-7, 3.23 ERA) faces White Sox left-hander Ross Detwiler (2-5, 6.98 ERA) on Wednesday night. Bieber has won his last three decisions in four starts this month.

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Pitchers of Record

Cleveland IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
M. Clevinger (W, 13-3) 7 5 0 1 10 0.00 0.857
Chicago Sox IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
C. Fulmer (L, 1-2) 1 2 4 2 1 36.00 4.000

Batting Leaders

Cleveland AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Ramirez 3 2 2 2 7 0 8 0 5.3
Y. Puig 3 3 2 0 0 1 5 0 5.3
Chicago Sox AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
Z. Collins 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.7
A. Engel 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.0

Team Comparison

CLE CHW
At Bats 39 33
Hits 12 6
Batting Average .308 .182
On Base Percentage .400 .206
Slugging Percentage 0.692 0.242
Doubles 3 2
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 4 0
Total Bases 27 8
Walks 6 1
Strikeouts 11 14
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 7 7
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 4/8 1/4
Double Plays Fielded 0 3
Errors 0 1

2019 Regular Season - CHW Leads Series 9-8

Date Result Winner Loser
Mon Apr 1 CHW 3 @ CLE 5 J. Edwards D. Covey
Wed Apr 3 CHW 8 @ CLE 3 C. Rodon C. Kluber
Mon May 6 CHW 9 @ CLE 1 I. Nova T. Bauer
Tue May 7 CHW 2 @ CLE 0 L. Giolito J. Rodriguez
Wed May 8 CHW 3 @ CLE 5 B. Hand J. Fry
Thu May 9 CHW 0 @ CLE 5 C. Carrasco M. Banuelos
Mon May 13 CLE 2 @ CHW 5 R. Lopez S. Bieber
Tue May 14 CLE 9 @ CHW 0 C. Carrasco M. Banuelos
Thu May 30 CLE 4 @ CHW 10 M. Banuelos C. Carrasco
Fri May 31 CLE 1 @ CHW 6 D. Covey T. Bauer
Sat Jun 1 CLE 5 @ CHW 2 O. Perez I. Nova
Sun Jun 2 CLE 0 @ CHW 2 L. Giolito Z. Plesac
Mon Sep 2 CHW 3 @ CLE 11 A. Civale R. Detwiler
Tue Sep 3 CHW 6 @ CLE 5 E. Marshall C. Carrasco
Wed Sep 4 CHW 6 @ CLE 8 S. Bieber I. Nova
Thu Sep 5 CHW 7 @ CLE 1 R. Lopez Z. Plesac
Tue Sep 24 CLE 11 @ CHW 0 M. Clevinger C. Fulmer

Game Information

Stadium: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 13,940
Game Time: 3:02
Weather: 74F, Clear
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?