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Jose Ramirez racks up five extra-base hits — a very rare feat — in win over Tigers

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Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez became the 13th player ever to accrue five extra-base hits in one game, helping the Tribe beat the Tigers 10-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Indians have now won 11 consecutive games.

Ramirez kicked things off by drilling a solo home run off of Chad Bell in the first inning, though he had some help. He doubled to lead off the third and later scored. He doubled again in the fifth but was stranded on third base. Ramirez smacked a two-run home run in the sixth off of Zac Reininger. He made it five extra-base hits in the eighth when he led off with his third double. Giovanny Urshela pinch-ran for him, ending his afternoon.

According to Baseball Reference, the nine other players to accrue five-plus extra-base hits in one game dating back to 1913 are:

  • Kris Bryant (Cubs): June 27, 2016 vs. Reds
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Red Sox): August 15, 2015 vs. Mariners
  • Josh Hamilton (Rangers): May 8, 2012 vs. Orioles
  • Kelly Shoppach (Indians): July 30, 2008 vs. Tigers
  • Shawn Green (Dodgers): May 23, 2002 vs. Brewers
  • Steve Garvey (Dodgers): August 28, 1977 vs. Cardinals
  • Willie Stargell (Pirates): August 1, 1970 vs. Braves
  • Joe Adcock (Milwaukee Braves): July 31, 1954 vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Lou Boudreau (Indians): July 14, 1946 vs. Red Sox

After Sunday’s performance, Ramirez is hitting .310/.362/.554 with 22 home runs, 66 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 558 plate appearances.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.