Indians roll past Phillies 10-1, move into tie for second AL wild card spot

The Indians improve to 92-64 on the season

James Rapien
September 22, 2019 - 9:39 pm
Sep 22, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Oscar Mercado (left) celebrates his three run home run with right fielder Yasiel Puig (right) against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Cred

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Indians know how much each game matters as they continue their push for the final American League wild card spot. They handled their business on Sunday night, beating the Phillies 10-1.

The Indians got off to a slow start, but things changed in a hurry thanks to a 6-run seventh inning that included a bases-clearing double from Yasiel Puig and a 2-run homer from Franmil Reyes.

Puig is hitting .366 with six doubles and 11 RBI in September. He hasn’t hit a home run since August 18, but that hasn’t stopped him from having a big impact for the Tribe.

Cleveland had just one hit and trailed 1-0 going into the fourth inning, but their offense responded. Carlos Santana and Puig had back-to-back singles with just one-out. Santana scored on Mike Freeman’s groundout to tie the game 1-1.

One inning later Oscar Mercado hit a 3-run homer, his 14th of the season that put the Indians up for good. Mercado scored twice on the night and has been on fire for the Tribe. He had two homers, four hits and seven RBI in three games against the Phillies.

Starter Adam Plutko allowed one run and four hits in 4⅓ innings. He finished with three strikeouts and issued two walks.

Carlos Carrasco was great for the Tribe on Sunday. He entered with runners on the corners and just one out in the fifth inning. He got J.T. Realmuto to ground into a double play to get out of the inning.

Carrasco allowed just one hit in 2⅔ scoreless innings of work. He didn’t issue a walk and finished with three strikeouts.

The Indians improve to 92-64 on the season. They move into a tie with Tampa Bay for the second wild card spot in the American League. Cleveland’s final six games are on the road. They finish up the regular season with 3-game series against the White Sox and Nationals.

Help is on the Way

José Ramírez went through an extensive workout on Saturday. Everything checked out well and the Indians are hopeful that he’ll be in the lineup on Tuesday against Chicago.

“He’s doing good,” manager Terry Francona said on Sunday. “He’ll hit in the cage today [Sunday>. I’m not sure if he’ll take an off day tomorrow like the other guys or maybe come in and do something. The hope is – and again, it’s not in stone – that he plays on Tuesday. I think it’s realistic.”

Ramírez broke the hamate bone in his right hand on Aug. 24. The 27-year-old posted a .321/.372/.705 slash line with six home runs and 20 RBI in the month of August (22 games) prior to his injury.

Up Next

The Indians have Monday off. They begin a 3-game series against the White Sox on Tuesday. Mike Clevinger is expected to get the start for the Tribe. He’s 12-3 on the year with a 2.54 ERA. Hector Santiago will be on the mound for Chicago. He’s 1-1 with a 5.65 ERA. The Indians are 7-9 in head-to-head matchups with the White Sox this season.