The Indians kicked off the west coast swing with a 5-1 loss to the Giants.
The game was pretty typical of the Indians’ first month: So-so pitching (giving up only four runs can be considered a step in the right direction for Carlos Carrasco (6 INN/5 H/4 ER/6 SO/1 BB); that is just the world we live in now) paired with an inconsistent lineup that is still trying to find a groove.
The story of the game was Tim Hudson (7 INN/4 H/1 ER/5 SO/2 BB), who was his usual self tonight. He’s been so good with his control that issued his first two walks of the season, both to Carlos Santana. This is somewhat shocking due to the fact that Santana is deep in the baseball forest without a compass. He looks so lost right now, it makes that double he hit yesterday look like the exception.
It probably is.
Truth be told, not a lot happened tonight. Nick Swisher drove in the only tally for the Tribe tonight, while the RISP stat continues to be lonely. Even Michael Brantley, who feasts on getting those runners in, couldn’t cash in tonight as he was worked over by both bad luck and veteran craftiness. You know you’re spoiled with a good player when you’re really surprised he doesn’t come through.
Pluses? Well, Bourn seems to be catching up. He’s been swinging it really well over the past few days. And Carrasco didn’t look completely terrible. Angel Pagan is a pain in the butt for every pitcher, and Carrasco made some good pitches to him and he still got the ball rolling. Mike Morse is there for thump. It happens.
It might not have felt like it, but this was a solid building block for Mickey Callaway to use in rebuilding Carrasco. Now let’s see how he reacts in Anaheim.
W: Tim Hudson (3-1); L: Carlos Carrasco (0-3)