Now this is the pitcher the Indians envisioned getting as part of the centerpiece for southpaw ace Cliff Lee. Carrasco, the lone player standing from the ill-gotten trade with Philadelphia in 2009, once again rewarded the Indians’ patience with another strong outing, allowing just one run on four hits in six-and-two-thirds innings while striking out seven and walking one.
Over his last four starts, Carrasco have allowed just two earned runs, struck out 24 and walked three in 24.2 innings of work. The start pushed his ERA down to a career low 3.01.
For the Tribe, most of the offensive damage was done by the top of the lineup: Michael Bourn went 3-for-5 with a pair of triples and one run; Jose Ramirez finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and run, and Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles, and Roberto Perez each chipped in a hit. Kipnis also swiped his 20th bag of the year too, the third consecutive year he’s surpassed the mark.
Other than a blip by right-hander Bryan Shaw, who coughed up a run in two-thirds of an inning, the Tribe’s bullpen was able to keep a mediocre White Sox lineup at bay. Cody Allen tossed an uneventful ninth inning for his 18th save.
The Indians head to Kansas City to take on the white-hot – and division-leading – Royals tonight, at 8:10 PM. Right-hander Danny Salazar takes on soft-tossing southpaw Jason Vargas.