CLEVELAND – Record-breaking performances can change the complexion of a campaign.
Not only did Jose Ramirez give the Indians a first-place lead with his recent terror at the plate, but he also took home some hardware along the way.
Major League Baseball awarded Ramirez with the American League Player of the Week after he slashed .516/.545/.1.065 (16-for-31) with nine runs, eight doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs in seven games against the Dodgers and Twins.
Ramirez recorded at least two base knocks and one double per contest in his current six-game hitting streak after going 0-for-4 vs. Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday. The versatile 24-year-old out of the Dominican Republic tallied 33 total bases and played both third base and second base during the six-day span.
Kenny Lofton was the last player in franchise history to double in six straight games, a remarkable accomplishment dating back to June 17-22, 1994. Only Mitch Moreland, Matt Carpenter and Odubel Herrera can say they have achieved such a feat this season.
Rockwell will award Ramirez with a free watch to recognize his efforts.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.