The Indians scored one run in each of the first two innings, and for a while, it looked like those two runs would be all that Carlos Carrasco would need. But he gave up solo homers in the sixth and eighth innings, and left after eight innings with the score tied at 2-2. Allowing only four hits while walking none and striking out eight, it was the third consecutive strong outing from Carrasco.
Bryan Shaw gave up a two-run single in the top of the tenth inning, and with Yankees closer Andrew Miller coming out to pitch, a man who had 24 saves with no blown saves, things looked bleak. But the Indians managed to get first one run in, and then another, tying the game at 4-4. The rest of the relievers did their jobs, especially Ryan Webb, who pitched three scoreless and hitless innings. But it was Austin Adams who pitched the sixteenth, and thus got the win when, with one out in the bottom half of the inning, Michael Brantley hit a sharp single to right field, scoring Jose Ramirez from second. The Tribe celebrated by mobbing Ramirez after he crossed the plate. Someone even had a Super Soaker to squirt Brantley with.
Brantley has 15 hits in his last 29 at-bats. Clearly the recent spate of trades hasn’t affected his game for the worse. He was one of the very few players who were all but untouchable before the trade deadline, and it’s safe to say he’ll likely be a part of the team for years to come.
The Indians aren’t going to be playing in October, but they can still be fun to watch, even when they don’t score a ton of runs.