Jose Altuve. That’s all that stood between Carlos Carrasco and a no-hitter tonight in Houston. A single in the fourth, and a single in the ninth – both were in the infield and Altuve did a great job of legging them out. Carrasco was backed by some solid defense as well. And the
offense is lucky he did so well – they still only managed to score two runs. Fortunately, with the way Carrasco was pitching, two were more than enough.
Just as Altuve put up all of the offense for Houston, Yan Gomes batted in both of the Indians’ runs tonight. His two-run homer was huge last night, and his two-spot tonight was just as important.
The seven Indians hits came from just four players – Gomes, Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, and Tyler Holt. While it was frustrating tonight to see the offense get people on base, but not get them home, you were almost too mesmerized by Carrasco to care. His two-hit, complete game shut-out was on just 98 pitches. Brett Oberholtzer was good…Carrasco was amazing.
It’s frustrating only in the sense that you wish you could have seen this Carrasco all season. As the old adage goes, better late than never. At least the Indians didn’t give up on him and we had to watch him do this for the A’s or something.
It would take a near miracle to make the postseason at this point. But arms like Carrasco and Corey Kluber make that miracle at least seem somewhat possible.