Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez hit three two-run home runs on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, helping the Giants win a slugfest against the Giants, 11-7. Ramirez also made a trio of nifty defensive plays.
Ramirez’s first homer went out to right-center field in the bottom of the second off of Giants starter Matt Cain, breaking a scoreless tie. Robbie Ross, Jr. caught it with his hat in the Red Sox bullpen. The second dinger was a no-doubter to center field, boosting his team’s lead from 3-0 to 5-0. Number three was hooked down the left field line, just barely scraping over the Green Monster, putting the Red Sox further ahead, 10-7.
Ramirez didn’t have a three-homer game to his credit until Wednesday night. It was almost two months since the last time a member of the Red Sox went deep three times. Mookie Betts accomplished the feat against the Orioles on May 31.
With Wednesday’s offensive barrage, Ramirez is now batting .285/.362/.451 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 370 plate appearances.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper joined the 20-homer club in style, clubbing a 3-1 Bud Norris fastball into the third deck in right field at Nationals Park for a two-run homer, breaking a scoreless tie in the first inning.
It’s the 23-year-old’s fourth 20-homer season. As Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post notes, Harper is the 12th player in baseball history to have four 20-homer seasons before his 24th birthday.
Harper entered Wednesday’s action batting .248/.390/.471 with 19 homers and 52 RBI, as well as 72 walks to lead the majors.
Mariners outfield prospect Kyle Lewis will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL as well as a torn medial and lateral meniscus in his right knee, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports.
Lewis, 21, was selected in the first round — 11th overall — in the 2016 draft. He got off to an outstanding start with Single-A Everett, batting .299/.385/.530 with 16 extra-base hits, 26 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 135 plate appearances.
For his performance with Mercer University, Lewis earned the Golden Spikes award, which honors the top amateur baseball player in the United States. He’s the first winner of the award to come from the Southern Conference.