CLEVELAND — Franmil Reyes rounded first base with his hand high above his head, pointing to the right-field corner. Any eye that followed the direction of his finger was led to his family sitting just above The Corner down the right-field line, jumping out of their seats as they watched the ball that Reyes blasted land deep into the bleachers in left field.
In typical Reyes fashion, he couldn’t help but boast an enormous smile as he crossed home plate. But little did he know, he was just getting started. Reyes helped lead the Indians to a 4-1 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Progressive Field with a two-run homer in the first and a projected 446-foot monster shot to center field in the sixth. And his family, once again, received a point as he rounded first base.
As excited as his family was, no one should be more elated to see Reyes record his ninth career multi-homer game than the Indians. On Wednesday, the Tribe sat back and watched José Ramírez record his own two-homer game to help hand his team a victory. Two days later, it had to be reassuring for the club to see someone else take on some of the offensive workload.
Over the past year, Cleveland has gotten countless quality starts from its pitching staff, but the offense hasn’t been quite as consistent. The Tribe walked away with only one victory against Detroit in the opening series last weekend, despite all three starters going at least six innings and giving up three or fewer runs. But this time, Reyes wasn’t letting Zach Plesac, who tossed a seven-inning gem on Friday, walk away empty handed.
Reyes’ first long ball traveled a projected 409 feet, according to Statcast, one-third of the way up the left-field bleachers. But that wasn’t nearly enough for the Indians’ ferocious slugger. After a single in the third, Reyes topped his first-inning performance by destroying a 94.9-mph heater 446 feet toward Heritage Park, marking his longest home run at Progressive Field (his seventh-longest overall).