We joked that such a formula is not sustainable.
So much for that.
The Indians took home a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers Friday night thanks to two home runs from Franmil Reyes as the slugger appears to be getting more comfortable at the plate this season.
Both were absolute blasts.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 9, 2021
The Indians won for the second game in a row thanks to one player stepping up on offense.
Franmil Reyes’ Huge Night
Reyes is such an easy player to root for.
He clearly has so much potential at the plate and is still only 25 years old.
Friday proved what he can do as a big bat in the middle of the lineup.
His first home run of the night came in a shocking first inning for the Indians.
Eddie Rosario kept the inning alive by beating out a double play and driving in a run in the process.
The slow turn allowed Reyes to come up and mash a ball into the bleachers.
A 3-0 lead after one inning was a pleasant surprise for everyone involved.
That score held until the bottom of the sixth when Reyes hit his second blast of the game.
This one was an absolute moonshot.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 10, 2021
Hearing that crack of the bat usually means the ball is flying well over the fence.
Home runs aside, Reyes is off to a nice start.
The only bad game came Wednesday when he had three strikeouts.
Aside from that he is riding a five-game hitting streak and has three home runs on the young season.
Positives All Around
Reyes got the job done on offense.
Zach Plesac did his job on the mound.
The right-hander went seven strong innings with six strikeouts and zero runs allowed on the night.
Both relievers had two strikeouts for a nice staff total of 10 on the night.
The pitching remains lights out in 2021 and that should be the case against a young team like the Tigers.
But let’s talk about arguably the biggest positive from the night.
He is now part of a three-man rotation in center and could easily get everyday work if his defense remains strong.
Rosario also batted leadoff and came around to score in the first inning.
The defense was the question, but one spring training game was not going to define Rosario’s abilities.
Friday night was a fun one and the Indians will look to do it all over again Saturday with Aaron Civale on the mound.