Mercado hits two home runs as Indians beat Tigers 8-6

The Indians improve to 52-40 this season

James Rapien
July 15, 2019 - 10:56 pm
Jul 15, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Oscar Mercado (35) hits a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Oscar Mercado entered play on Monday with one hit in the month of July. He bounced back in a big way, finishing 3-for-5 and hitting two home runs in the Indians’ 8-6 win over the Tigers. 

“That was really fun to watch," manager Terry Francona said. "He took some really good swings. He stayed more on-balance, obviously, but man that was fun to watch.”

Cleveland rallied from a 5-3 deficit scoring two runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh. The game was delayed 54 minutes in the seventh inning due to rain. The weather didn’t slow the Indians down. They had four straight hits to begin the inning, which included a two-run double by Jose Ramirez.

Starter Adam Plutko allowed five runs in 5⅓ innings. He gave up three home runs and seven hits. His ERA rose to 5.40 on the season. Plutko has given up 13 homers in 41⅔ innings this season.

Mercado was 1-for-25 in July before Monday’s game. The 24-year-old knows slumps are going to happen. He responded in a big way for the Tribe.

Closer Brad Hand gave up a home run in the ninth, but recovered to get his 25th save of the season. 

The Indians improve to 52-40 on the year. They’re 2-2 since the All-Star break.

Jose’s Resurgence

Ramirez continues to stay hot at the plate. He finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. The 26-year-old is starting to look like his All-Star self, which is great for the Indians.

"He kept his hands in and kept the ball fair. His batting average isn’t gonna very good for a while, but he’s starting to look more like Josey," Francona said. "My guess is he’s gonna get better.”

He’s posted a .333 batting average in his last 16 games, with three home runs and 11 RBI. The Indians are 13-3 during that span.

Up Next

Zach Plesac will start on Tuesday night against Detroit. The Indians will have to make a move to clear a roster spot for him. He was sent to Triple-A so he could make a start and not interrupt his schedule due to the All-Star break. Plesac is 3-3 this season with a 4.00 ERA. Ryan Carpenter will start for the Tigers. He enters with a 1-5 record and an 8.36 ERA.