CINCINNATI -- The Indians do not boast one of the game's most powerful lineups, but that matters little inside Great American Ball Park. On the banks of the Ohio River, most anyone can become a home run hitter.
"You don't have to do much to hit the ball out of the park here," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "If you use the whole field, it'll go out. It's not comfortable for me. I've been coming here for years."
Acta saw plenty of the Reds' home stadium when he managed Washington in the National League prior to joining the Indians as manager three seasons ago. Now, Acta gets to see Great American Ball Park each season as part of Cleveland's in-state Interleague rivalry with Cincinnati.
Acta said the homer-happy ballpark can influence a manager's decisions.
"It's like when you go to Colorado," said Acta, referring to Coors Field. "There was a time there when I brought my closer in when we were up by four runs."
Entering Tuesday's game between the Indians and Reds, there had been at least one home run in 56 consecutive games at Cincinnati's home park, dating back to July 29, 2011. That marked the longest active homer streak for any ballpark in the Majors. In the 761-game history of Great American Ball Park, there has never been a homerless stretch of three games.
Acta said teams play for the big inning, when possible.
"Yeah," he said. "You're not going to bunt a guy over in the fourth inning thinking you're going to be able to hold a one-run lead. Not here."