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.
The Blue Jays have shut down left fielder Steve Pearce for the remainder of the season following a lingering case of lower back stiffness. Pearce has not appeared in a game since September 8, when he was forced to exit in the first inning after experiencing back pain during his at-bat. Per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, he’s scheduled to return to Florida next week, where he’ll receive epidural injections to address the pain.
Pearce, 34, impressed in his first season with Toronto. He battled through a calf injury during the first half of the season and finished the year with a modest .252/.319/.438 batting line, 13 home runs and a .757 OPS through 348 PA. By September, the Blue Jays started testing the waters with outfield prospect Teoscar Hernandez, who shouldered the bulk of the starts in left field after Pearce was sidelined with back issues.
With the Blue Jays all but eliminated from playoff contention, however, there’s no rush to get Pearce back to the outfield. He should be in fine shape to compete for another starting role in spring, and could face stiff competition from Hernandez if the rookie continues building on his .278 average and three home runs this month. The veteran outfielder is slated to receive the remaining $6.25 million on his contract in 2018 and will be eligible for free agency in 2019.
Brewers’ minor league infielder Julio Mendez remains in “critical but stable condition,” club GM David Stearns announced Friday. Back in August, Mendez suffered a cardiac event after he was inadvertently struck by a ball from the Angels’ Austin Krzeminksi during a game between the rookie-level affiliates. The 20-year-old was removed to a Phoenix-area hospital for treatment following the incident and has recently been transferred to a hospital in his native Venezuela.
Mendez was in his fourth season with the Brewers’ organization. He spent the majority of his 2017 run with the rookie-level AZL Brewers, slashing .255/.294/.355 with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and four stolen bases over 119 plate appearances. He currently holds a career .241/.324/.309 batting line, 33 extra bases and a .633 OPS through 668 PA.
Baseball is still on the back burner, however, as Mendez appears to have made little progress nearly a month following the hit by pitch. Thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.