Tribe Rebounds Behind Raburn; Indians 6, White Sox 2
Laurel Wilder | On 21, Apr 2015
Did The Tribe Win Last Night? Yes, they did! Carlos Carrasco made his first start since his facial injury last week at home, and pitched five innings into the game and struck out eight batters, giving up only one run on a home run from Jose Abreu in the first inning. The Indians retaliated in the top of the second inning when Carlos Santana delivered a solo home run to even the score. The White Sox threatened in the bottom of the third when the first two batters reached on singles. The Indians defense was able to turn a double play to leave a runner only at third, and Carrasco struck out the last batter swinging to end the inning. David Murphy gave the Tribe another solo home run in the fifth inning, and a strong inning from the Tribe in the sixth inning gave the Tribe a 6-1 lead. The White Sox put another run on the board in the bottom of the eighth, but were unable to move into the winning spot as they had done the night before. Cody Allen closed the game and retired the last three White Sox batters in order to bounce back from a disastrous outing on Monday night as the Indians took the game, 6-2.
WP: Carrasco (2-1) LP: Noesi (0-2)
Key Inning: The top of the sixth inning had the Indians racking up insurance runs. Michael Bourn ground out to start the inning, but Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley followed with singles. Santana flew out to send Kipnis to third. White sox starter Hector Noesi was removed from the game and replaced by the 3rd overall 2014 draft pick, Carlos Rodon, who promptly walked Brandon Moss to load the bases. Ryan Raburn stepped in to hit for Murphy and, with a full count, singled to score Kipnis and Brantley. Lonnie Chisenhall ground out to end the inning and put the Tribe ahead 6-1.
The bottom of the third was also a vital inning for the Tribe, as Micah Johnson and Adam Eaton both singled with no outs. Melky Cabrera ground into the double play to send Eaton to third and, with two outs, Abreu struck out swinging to keep the White Sox off the board.
Player of the Game: Ryan Raburn. The outfielder is now on a five game hitting streak following his well-timed single in the sixth inning. He is 8-for-14 in those five games and ranks second on the team with seven RBI this year. Not only did Raburn deliver a clutch hit, he also demonstrated a well-thought-out at-bat as he waited for his pitch; he didn’t simply hack away at the first ball he saw.
They Said It: “The way Chicago battled last night, we needed a little breathing room,” Raburn said of his hit in the sixth inning. He added that, while the win was great, it didn’t mean the team could slack off going into tomorrow’s series finale. “We’ve got to come out here and play hard [tomorrow] and try to get a win.”
Standings: The Indians and White Sox are now tied at 5-8 on the season and trail the Royals and Tigers in the AL Central. The Tigers lead the division with an 11-3 record, and the Royals come in behind Detroit at 10-3. The Twins come in last at 5-9.
Etc.: During the game, Andre Knott informed viewed that Zach Walters and Nick Swisher will be beginning their rehab assignments in Columbus this week. How – or even if – these two will impact the current roster remains to be seen.
Analysis: Carrasco has had a difficult season when it comes to having the opportunity to go deep into games. During Spring Training, Carrasco took it easy for health reasons and he was plagued this year already by the facial injury last week. However, he performances while out on the mound this season are strong, and as long as he continues to have the opportunities to go deeper and deeper into games, Carrasco is well-poised to be a strong part of the top half of the Indians rotation.
Allen’s close showed that he is certainly able to strike out batters. Now, it’s just a matter of consistency. Yes, one clean inning can give Allen a confidence boost, but is one clean inning enough? How many rough outings does Allen have to bounce back from before he can consistently be the closer the Indians have seen him be?
Up Next: The Indians will close out their series in Chicago tomorrow afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Corey Kluber will attempt to get his first win of the season as he faces Jeff Samardzija, who is also 0-1 on the season. The game will start at 2:10 p.m.
Photo: Matt Marton/AP Photo