The Cleveland Indians collected seven extra-base hits including five doubles in their 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
It was a pretty good night in the extra-base hit department for the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe finished with seven total hits going to extra-bases, five of which were doubles. Oscar Mercado hit the non-doubles, a triple in the sixth and a home run in the eighth. Mercado finished the game going 2-4 with two RBI’s and a walk.
Carlos Santana, Roberto Perez, Tyler Naquin, Jose Ramirez and Jake Bauers all hit doubles. Perez and Ramirez both drove in runs with their doubles, each finishing with one RBI on the night. Ramirez went 2-4 as he continues to keep on hitting. Ramirez has recorded a hit in 14 of the 16 games in July. Six of these games happened to be multi-hit performances which is showing signs of Jose Ramirez being back to being Jose Ramirez.
Jason Kipnis also had a good day at the plate, going 2-3 with two runs scored, one walk and walking twice. Kipnis is slashing .318/.380/.432 with an OPS of .812 over his past 12 games. This includes two doubles, one home run and five RBI’s. It is unlikely that Kipnis continues this type of a production, but even a bit of a drop off will certainly help the Indians in their efforts to come back in the division.
Mike Clevinger got the start for the Tribe and was fantastic. Clevinger went seven innings allowing three runs on five hits while striking out seven. The only blemishes on his performance were the two home runs he surrendered. A solo shot from Justin Smoak in the second and a two-run homer for Billy McKinney in the fifth. Clevinger has a 1.88 ERA with opponents slashing .226/.278/.369.647 against him in his past four starts.