Indians take out frustration on Reds


Indians’ bats take out

frustration on Reds

Associated Press

CLEVELAND

Jose Ramirez is skipping the Home Run Derby. He’s not missing much else right now.

Ramirez homered twice to match Albert Belle’s club record for home runs before the All-Star break and the Cleveland Indians took out some frustrations following a brutal loss with a 19-4 thumping of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Tyler Mahle (7-7) and connected for a three-run shot in Cleveland’s nine-run third. With the Indians up 17-0, the All-Star third baseman was replaced in the fifth inning by manager Terry Francona before he could inflict further damage.

“He’s a monster,” Francona said of Ramirez. “And he’s getting better.”

Ramirez was invited to participate in Monday’s home-run contest, the signature event of All-Star festivities. However, the 25-year-old, who was voted a starter for the second straight year, declined a chance to take his cuts against Bryce Harper and others next week in Washington D.C.

He’s got bigger swings to make.

“I sat down with the team and we made a decision, all of us together, and we just decided it wasn’t the best thing for me to do at this time,” Ramirez said through an interpreter. “It’s a long season. I’m a player that plays every day and I need to save energy for the second half and, God willing, the playoffs as well.”

Francona said Ramirez had the team’s blessing if he wanted to take part. And if he had, Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor was betting on him.

“I had him winning the Derby, believe it or not,” said Lindor, who added a three-run homer in the fourth. “I had him going all the way to the finals. I truly believe in his bat. I truly believe in his bat control. Believe it or not, the Derby right now is not about how strong you are. It’s about who has the most bat control and I think Josey is one of the best at that.

“I think he had a really good chance of winning.”

Jason Kipnis also homered as the Indians salvaged the interleague series finale by pounding their neighbors from southern Ohio and ending a four-game slide.

For the Indians, it was a much-needed rebound after they squandered a 4-0 lead in the ninth on Tuesday night, when Francona’s miscommunication with pitching coach Carl Willis on a choice of relievers helped the Reds rally for seven runs and stun the Indians.

“It was terrific — on a lot of fronts,” Francona said. “I think they tried to take me out of it, which is OK. We struck early and we kept going.”

Carlos Carrasco (10-5) reached 1,000 career strikeouts, and given the humongous lead, coasted through five innings for his second straight win since coming off the disabled list. Adam Plutko worked four innings for his first career save.

Jesse Winker and Scooter Gennett homered for the Reds.

“It feels like a couple of losses when you get beat that bad,” said Cincinnati interim manager Jim Riggleman.

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