BOSTON -- When Hanley Ramirez ended his power outage, he decided to go on a power tear. The Red Sox, living in this post-David Ortiz world, are loving every second of it.Ramirez clocked two mammoth home runs on Tuesday night to help lift Chris Sale and the Red Sox to
BOSTON -- When Hanley Ramirez ended his power outage, he decided to go on a power tear. The Red Sox, living in this post-David Ortiz world, are loving every second of it.
Ramirez clocked two mammoth home runs on Tuesday night to help lift Chris Sale and the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over the Orioles.
It has been a swift turn of events for Ramirez, who arrived to work on Saturday with one home run on the season in 72 at-bats. Capped by his impressive performance Tuesday, the Sox's designated hitter has clubbed four homers in his last 14 at-bats.
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"I'll tell you what," said Sale. "I love watching Hanley hit. I don't know about you guys, but that's about the funnest thing in sports for me."
Ramirez threw the compliment right back at Sale.
"I think the most exciting thing is watching him pitch and the way he goes about his business and how competitive he is," Ramirez said.
Ramirez isn't just hitting home runs -- he is producing tape-measure shots.
Ramirez's slump-busting shot in Saturday's loss to the Cubs was the longest home run hit at Fenway Park in the Statcast™ era, a 469-foot rocket that landed in a parking lot across the street. Sunday's rope was 440 feet.
The most impressive thing about Ramirez's first homer on Tuesday was the 40-foot launch angle. The projected distance on that one was paltry by Ramirez standards, at 389 feet. But the second shot was projected at 442 feet.
So Ramirez is locked in, right?
"Not yet, not yet. I'm getting close," Ramirez said. "I've just been working to stay short and more compact with my swing."
Down the stretch in 2016, Ramirez proved that he can carry the offense when he gets hot. His presence is even more important now that a certain No. 34 is no longer around.
"He's seeing the ball. A lot of these home runs in this run here have been early in the count," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's gotten some pitches up in the strike zone and has not missed. You see the swing creating a little bit more loft than maybe the first 15 games or so, but he's been in a pretty good place of late."
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.