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Indians offense has epic night, crush Yankees 19-5


MLB: Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

19 runs.

24 hits.

7 home runs.

That was fun.

The Indians offense had a heck of a Thursday night, scorching baseballs and setting records, in the Tribe’s 19-5 victory over the Yankees.

Here’s a few of the historic marks the Indians reached ...

The Tribe scored SEVEN runs in the top of the first inning. Wow indeed. Francisco Lindor singled to center on the second pitch of the game. Greg Allen followed with a single to right and Carlos Santana walked to load the bases. After a Yasiel Puig strikeout, José Ramírez smoked a 98 mph Chad Green fastball to right-center for a grand slam. The slam was Ramirez’s first grand slam in his career and the Tribe’s fourth of the season.

It was back-to-back jacks for the good guys, as the next batter, Jason Kipnis, homered to deep right. Three batters later, Roberto Perez hit a two-run blast to right in cap off the amazing inning.

Ramírez went deep again in the second inning, a two-run shot this time. JRam has 45 RBI over his last 46 games played, slugging .674. Truly an amazing turnaround.

The Tribe scored two more in the fourth on a Santana two-run blast and one in the fifth on an Allen RBI single. Puig drove in two in the seventh with a single. The Yankees 1B-turned-blowout-pitcher, Mike Ford, allowed five in the eighth, including home runs to Allen and Santana (number two for Carlos). 19 sweet runs total.

Allen finished with four hits and four RBI, while Pérez, Naquin, and Santana each had three hits. Santana and Ramírez each homered twice.

Adam Plutko started for the Indians and threw six solid-enough innings to earn his fifth win of the year. Plutko allowed three runs on six hits, striking out three. Some reliever named Phil Maton pitched the last two innings for the Tribe (I had to Google him, I’m a bad fan).

Game two of the series matches Aaron Civale versus Masihiro Tanaka. Let’s get 20 tomorrow.