Oh…where to begin?
Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco, at times, harkened back memories of some of the game’s best pitchers. And at other times? Well, the not so great.
The good – heck, the dominant: the flame-throwing right-hander, who, for those that don’t remember, was acquired for as part of the Cliff Lee swap several years ago, fanned a whopping 11 White Sox hitters without allowing a walk over the course of 6.2 innings. The not-so-good: he departed the game with the Tribe winning 7-to-5. And four of those runs were of the earned variety.
The night started out with the promise of one of those special games. Like when Carrasco fanned 14 against Toronto a little more than a month ago. Or when he punched out 15 Royals in late September last season. Wednesday night, though, he we made quick work of Chicago’s first six hitters, fanning four and registering a couple week fly balls.
And then…it all changed.
Former Ohio State alum J.B. Shuck (more on him in a minute), lead off with a single to right and rookie shortstop Tim Anderson launched a two-run shot to even the score. Carrasco settled down afterwards, punching out Miami of Ohio outfielder Adam Eaton and Dioner Navarro. Carrasco would surrender a single to Tyler Saladino, who, in the midst of several throws over to first, was thrown out by Roberto Perez to end the inning.
Note on Shuck: I used to run some stats for the Buckeyes when I went there. During that time Shuck shined as arguably the club’s top bat and best arm on the mound where he used a mid- to upper-80s fastball to his advantage. Glad to see him continue to find roles in the big leagues.
Anyway, the Tribe offense responded in a big way in the bottom of the inning, scoring two off of a Carlos Satana bomb to the bar section in right field and a Lonnie Chisenhall RBI single. Chisenhall was also responsible for the club’s first two runs courtesy of his own homerun to right field off of Anthony Raunado, who, up to this point, had some success against left-handed bats.
The White Sox would rally back for three in the following top of the inning as Todd Frazier, who looks nearly helpless at the plate, doubled and would eventually score. Cookie would fan Tim Anderson for his seventh punch out of the game.
And just like those days back in the 90s, the Tribe bats came storming back to tie the score as they moved Brandon Guyer around the stations after a leadoff single.
After a quiet two of the fifth inning, the Indians would score another pair off of reliever Michael Ynoa courtesy of…another Guyer single. (He was such a solid pick up by the front office.)
Carrasco would fan the heart of the Sox’s order with ease in the sixth and got a couple of groundball outs before leaving after a two out single – one which Kyle Crockett was able to work around.
Bryan Shaw, working on three days rest, retired the side in order. And Cody Allen, as I’m heading off to bed (because 5AM comes really early), decides he possibly can’t record a two-run save off of several dinks and a bloop…and a gigantic gland slam to Eaton on a 0-2 breaking ball. The Tribe falls to the Sox 10-to-7.
Chicago and the Tribe are back at it again on Thursday night as Carlos Rodon squares off against the recently returned Danny Salazar.