First things first, this video sums up Friday night’s game:
I was shocked and appalled to learn that in my two weeks traveling and without a computer that Cookie’s ERA had ticked over 4.00. I know that’s not horrible for the American League, but still — Cookie is one of the premiere starters in the American League – we can’t have him mired in “not bad” territory!
Thankfully, Cookie enjoys pitching in terrible ballparks, and Tropicana Field is front and center in that category. Coming into tonight, Cookie was 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in three starts at Tropicana Field, and he improved upon those numbers. Carrasco has to be the story of the evening, as he was fantastic. He weaved a no-hitter though 6.2 IP, until finally allowing a clean single to Logan Morrison (and approximately 3 minutes after mentioning the event to my mother — Oops).
If you’re a glass-half-empty kind of person, you’ll note that the Indians only scored in one inning tonight, but they happened to score five runs. That’s a fair criticism of the Indians tonight, but I’ll say only this in rebuttal: 5 runs looks a lot better than 1 run. The Indians put a game in the win column, and continue to lead the AL Central.
Jay Bruce made his first start as an Indian, and he had two hits on the night and generally looked pretty good. I’ve never been excited or interested in the movements of Jay Bruce, but I really think he can be a key piece of the Indians’ roster going forward this season. Production-wise, Bruce is basically performing as another Encarnacion, but for a lot less money. This may sound stupid in the middle of August, but I think Jay Bruce is going to play a very important role much later in this season. I think there’s a good chance we look back at the trade for Bruce and say it was a pivotal moment in the season.
As always, I was really impressed with Cookie, and it was good to see him demolish the Rays lineup on Friday night.
The Indians will look to win their second game of the series on Saturday. First pitch at 6:05pm EST