Indians third baseman Mark Reynolds took aim at John Adams and his drum Monday night. Reynolds missed -- but not by much. Reynolds' majestic home run, a 460-foot blast that evoked memories of Mark McGwire's denting of the Budweiser sign in 1997, helped the Tribe muscle past the Athletics, 7-3, at Progressive Field. The Indians hit four long balls in support of Ubaldo Jimenez to push their season's total to 44, tied for the major-league lead. Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera went back-to-back in the first inning and Cabrera and Reynolds struck in the fifth. At their current pace of 1.52 homers per game, the Indians would amass 246. With one out in the fifth and the Indians leading, 3-1, Reynolds stepped in against right-hander Jarrod Parker. Reynolds impaled a 92-mph pitch, which screamed, "Dislodge The Cover!" to within a few footlongs of the top of the bleachers. The vapor trail ended a section-plus from where Adams does his work. "Oh, my goodness," Tribe designated hitter Jason Giambi said. "That ball was leaned on. He crushed it. That's why we call him 'Mega Mark.' " Giambi witnessed McGwire's homer as a teammate on the Athletics. "It absolutely reminded me of it," Giambi said.
Mark Reynolds' blast highlights Cleveland Indians' 7-3 victory over Oakland Athletics
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 7