Hot power hitters meet as Red Sox face Indians

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Field Level Media
27 Aug 2021, 16:55 GMT+10

Cleveland Indians close fielder Bradley Zimmer and Boston Red Sox archetypal baseman Bobby Dalbec person ever stood retired with their carnal size, but lately it's been astir their awesome power.

Zimmer and Dalbec volition stock the aforesaid tract for the archetypal clip erstwhile the Indians big the Red Sox successful the opener of a three-game bid connected Friday night.

Zimmer, a 6-foot-5 left-handed hitter, launched a 465-foot homer into the 2nd platform successful close tract connected Thursday nighttime successful Cleveland's 10-6 triumph implicit the visiting Texas Rangers.

Zimmer, the 21st wide prime successful the 2014 draft, drilled a 471-foot homer to straightaway halfway against the visiting Cincinnati Reds connected Aug. 9.

"When helium puts a bully plaything connected it similar helium did (on Thursday), it's beauteous bully to see," said Cleveland acting manager DeMarlo Hale.

Dalbec was doing his ain harm connected Thursday night.

The 6-4, 227-pound right-handed hitter socked 2 location runs and drove successful a career-high 7 runs successful Boston's 12-2 triumph against the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Dalbec is hitting .347 (17-for-49) successful August with 5 location runs and 19 RBIs, helping the Red Sox cling to the 2nd American League wild-card spot.

"One pitch, 1 crippled astatine a time," Dalbec said. "I deliberation that's the mode we've got to rotation the remainder of the way. Not get excessively up of ourselves and not deliberation astir what's already happened."

Zimmer not lone had the assemblage successful Cleveland buzzing with his blast into the 2nd platform connected Thursday, but his ain teammates went wild.

"I conscionable told (Zimmer), 'You've fixed maine thing that I volition ever remember,'" Indians designated hitter Franmil Reyes said. "I volition ne'er hide astir that homer."

Hale said helium turned to his coaches aft the location run, immoderate of whom person been successful Cleveland longer than helium has, and asked if they retrieve anyone hitting the shot successful the 2nd platform astatine Progressive Field. The lone subordinate they could callback doing truthful was Hall of Famer Jim Thome.

Zimmer besides drove successful a tally with a ninth-inning azygous connected Thursday, helping the Indians triumph for the 5th clip successful their past six games and determination backmost implicit .500 for the archetypal clip since Aug. 2.

Hale was conscionable arsenic impressed with Zimmer's ninth-inning at-bat.

"He took what the pitcher gave him," Hale said. "I deliberation that's a bully progressive framework of mind."

Cleveland recalled Logan Allen from Triple-A Columbus connected Wednesday, and the left-hander is scheduled to commencement the bid opener against Boston.

Allen (1-5, 9.13 ERA) has made 7 starts for the Indians this season, with the astir caller connected July 5, erstwhile helium gave up 5 runs and 7 hits successful 3 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. He did not get a determination successful Cleveland's 9-8 loss.

Allen, an eighth-round prime of the Red Sox successful 2015, made his lone quality against Boston connected Aug. 14, 2019, throwing 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to commencement for Boston connected Friday.

Rodriguez (9-7, 5.19 ERA) produced 3 coagulated starts successful a enactment earlier putting up a dud successful his past outing, allowing 5 runs and 8 hits successful 3 2/3 innings Saturday successful a 10-1 nonaccomplishment to the visiting Rangers.

The left-hander is 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA successful 3 vocation starts against the Indians.

--Field Level Media

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