Roel Ramirez

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Roel Octavio Ramirez

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Roel Ramirez had a difficult debut in the major leagues, to say the least. Facing the Chicago White Sox on August 16, 2020, on the just the second day of play for the St. Louis Cardinals after being sidelined for two weeks by an outbreak of COVID-19, he entered the game in the bottom of the 5th with his team trailing, 1-0. He struck out Luis Robert, but then gave up back-to-back singles to Nomar Mazara and Danny Mendick, putting runners on the corners. Mendick was caught stealing second for the second out, but he walked Tim Anderson, and then the floodgates opened. Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer, and he was followed by Yasmani Grandal, José Abreu and Eloy Jimenez, who all went deep as well, before he was mercifully taken out of the game and replaced by Seth Elledge, who was also making his big league debut. It was only the 10th time in major league history that a team had hit four consecutive homers, and the Sox cruised to an easy 7-2 win after the outburst. It was his only major league appearance of the year, so he ended the season with an ERA of 81.00.

Ramirez was an 8th round selection by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2013 amateur draft. On July 31, 2018, the Rays traded him to St. Louis along with Genesis Cabrera and Justin Williams in return for Tommy Pham.

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