Here’s to a great week!
Brewers 5, Indians 4
Carlos Carrasco struck out six in just three innings. That’s pretty good. Francisco Lindor hit his third homer of the spring, while Jason Kipnis added two hits. Kipnis currently is rocking a 1.898 OPS. That’s, ummm, really good.
Indians 3, Royals 1
A win here, as Ryan Merritt threw two scoreless innings and Roberto Perez smashed his second homer this spring.
Jose Ramirez is all about making history. From Jordan Bastian:
The play began with Jonathan Villar on first, Christian Yelich on second and Stephen Vogt on third base for the Brewers against Indians righty Matt Belisle. Travis Shaw then sent a soft looping liner up the third-base line, where Vogt was caught in between. If he bolted home and Ramirez snared the ball for an out, Vogt could have been doubled up at third. Instead of making the catch, Ramirez gloved the ball on a short hop, introducing a bit of chaos.
Ramirez quickly ran a few steps and tagged Vogt out before then stepping on third to force out Yelich. The Indians third baseman then fired the ball to Jason Kipnis at second to force Villar out. That triple play goes in the books as 5-5-4, which is extremely rare.
According to the triple-play database compiled by the Society for American Baseball Research, the last 5-5-4 version in the regular season occurred on Aug. 17, 1950. St. Louis Browns third baseman Owen Friend turned the trick against the Indians in that game with the help of second baseman Snuffy Stirnweiss.
(BTW, that’s a heck of a name)
Fingers and toes crossed.
The case of the forgotten jersey.