Yankees Take Series on Sloppy Sunday for Tribe; Yankees 11, Indians 7
Bob Toth | On 10, Jul 2016
Behind some sloppy baseball and starting pitching from Carlos Carrasco that could not get the job done, the Cleveland Indians lost 11-7 on Sunday to the New York Yankees to go into the All-Star break on a bit of a sour note.
Just like Saturday’s game, the Yankees used several big innings to take the game on Sunday, backed by a four-run second and a six-run fifth, doing the first chunk of damage against Carrasco and the latter against the Indians bullpen.
Carrasco was not able to pick up his defense after avoiding trouble in the first, getting out of a little jam following a leadoff walk and a one-out single. Starlin Castro led off the second with a double. He scored one out later on an error by Carlos Santana at first on a grounder from Rob Refsnyder to give the Yankees the first run of the day. After a double from Austin Romine moved Refsnyder to third, Carrasco struck out Brett Gardner for the second out, but Jacoby Ellsbury homered to right-center to give New York a commanding 4-0 lead.
The Indians picked up a run in the bottom of the frame against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Mike Napoli walked and moved to third one out later on a single to right by Lonnie Chisenhall. Rajai Davis pounced on the first pitch with a single to left to drive home Napoli. With runners on the corners, Tyler Naquin popped up for the second out before Davis picked off second base. Yan Gomes drew a walk, but with an opportunity to cut into the deficit, Santana grounded to first to end the rally.
Carrasco had an easy third, but his offense could not pick him up in the bottom half, stranding two in scoring position as Chisenhall flied out to left to end another scoring opportunity. It would loom large the next inning as Carrasco’s day would end.
Chase Headley doubled to right to start the inning and Refsnyder reached on a booted ball at third by Jose Ramirez. Romine grounded into a force before Gardner grounded out to second. Headley scored on the force play to make it 5-1. After Ellsbury walked to put two on, Austin Adams came in from the bullpen to retire Carlos Beltran on a groundout to end the inning.
New York sent 12 to the plate in the fifth to break the game open, for a moment at least. Mark Teixeira singled and moved to third on a double from Didi Gregorius. Jeff Manship came in and walked Castro on five pitches. With the infield looking to come to the plate, Headley grounded to Francisco Lindor at short. He looked to the plate but could not get a grip on the ball in time and instead fired to second. The ball sailed past Jason Kipnis and into right field, allowing both Teixeira and Gregorius to score. A single from Refsnyder loaded the bases and Romine drove one in with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-1. T.J. House took over for Manship and the hit parade continued, as Gardner hit a sacrifice fly to score Headley, Ellsbury singled to put runners on the corners, Beltran singled to score Refsnyder, and Teixeira singled to center to score Ellsbury to make it 11-1. Gregorius was hit by a pitch to end House’s one-third of an inning while loading the bases, but Joe Colon struck out Castro swinging to end the onslaught.
With the game presumably out of hand at 11-1, the Indians had their bright spot for the day as their never-say-die attitude reared its head against Tanaka. Santana doubled to start the inning and after a strikeout by Kipnis, Lindor doubled to right to make it 11-2. Napoli and Ramirez singled, the latter of which knocked in Lindor. A groundout by Chisenhall moved both runners up before Davis reached on a throwing error by Gregorius that allowed both base runners to score. Naquin then contributed some fireworks with a two-run blast to right, his ninth of the season, to make it an 11-7 game and sending Tanaka to the showers, one out short of being eligible for the win. Former starter Nathan Eovaldi got Gomes to line out hard to short to stop the bleeding after 12 combined runs and 46 minutes of play in the fifth inning.
The score would remain the same as neither club could do much against the other team’s bullpen after the first five innings. The Yankees managed just a two-out single from Romine off of Colon in two and one-third innings of work. Dan Otero gave up just a one-out single to Castro in the eighth. Cleveland put two on in the seventh with two outs against Eovaldi, but Naquin grounded out to Gregorius to end that threat. They stranded two more in the eighth after a two-out single by Kipnis and a walk from Lindor, but Napoli flied out to the track in left.
The Indians (52-36) lost three of four against the Yankees to close out their homestand at 3-4. The club is now 4-6 in July and looked ready for the All-Star break. Despite the disappointing results on the field, the team lost no ground in the standings as Detroit fell to Toronto, Kansas City lost to Seattle, and Chicago was shut out by Atlanta.
“We kicked some balls around and made some mistakes,” said Indians manager Terry Francona, “and they took advantage of it.”
With the win, the Yankees (44-44) got back to the .500 mark for the season and for the month (5-5).
CARRASCO CRUSHED BY MISCUES
Carrasco (5-3, 2.47 ERA) took the loss the hard way, allowing just one earned run on the afternoon. He was charged with five runs total on five hits with a pair of walks and four early strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings as he was unable to pick up his defense for their mistakes in the field.
“It seemed like the ball was going every different direction today,” said Francona. “On a day when he probably needed help, Lonnie almost catches the ball in right, Frankie makes a pretty good play in the hole and then Carlos got committed too soon, and probably the biggest play was when Frankie caught the ball, we were supposed to go to the plate, he kinda froze then decided to go to second…ended up going to right field. That inning, the flood gates kinda opened. It seemed like everything that could go wrong did.
“Carlos looked like, right out of the gate, he was having trouble finding a good feel for his offspeed. Just wasn’t real sharp. Three out of the four games, our starters didn’t get very deep, which is kinda, hopefully, an anomaly, because we’re used to those guys getting pretty deep for us and those were the games we lost.”
TANAKA TAGGED AFTER BIG LEAD
Tanaka took the no-decision despite entering the fifth inning with a cushy 11-1 lead. Errors hurt his results on the mound, like Carrasco, as he was charged with seven runs (three earned) on ten hits with two walks and five strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings.
“It wasn’t a real fun day any way,” said Francona. “The next best thing is that you don’t let the starter get a win. You got him out of there. It’s better than giving up.”
EOVALDI SAVES ‘PEN, DAY
Eovaldi (7-6, 5.18) saved both the Yankees’ heavily-used bullpen and the day in general with four and one-thirds innings of one-hit relief. He walked three and struck out three and kept the Indians in check in his second relief appearance since being removed from the starting rotation.
SANTANA’S STREAK HITS ELEVEN
Santana extended his hitting streak to eleven straight games with his two-hit game on Sunday. He has hit safely in all ten games in July, batting .366 for the month (15-for-41) with four homers, nine runs scored, and seven runs batted in. Five of the ten games this month have been two-hit efforts.
LINDOR’S MULTI-HIT GAMES TOTAL INCREASES AGAIN
With two more hits in four at bats on Sunday, Lindor gave the Indians his 31st different game in 2016 with at least two hits. For the second straight day, his batting average climbed three points, hitting .306 after the day’s work.
GARDNER GOES HITLESS
On a day that the Yankees put up eleven runs on 13 hits, left fielder Gardner was the only Yankees player to step to the play to fail to get a hit. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but did draw a walk and drove in two runs on the day.
GOMES DOES THE SAME
Gomes was the only Indians starter to go hitless, dropping his season batting average to .166 with a .201 on-base percentage. He was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout and hit a rope right at Gregorius to end an inning.
STOLEN BASE LEADER
With his stolen base on Sunday, Davis reclaimed the American League lead in stolen bases with 24 in 27 attempts. He leads Houston’s Jose Altuve by one (23-for-26). Davis trailed Miwaukee’s Jonathan Villar (31 bases stolen in 41 attempts) and Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte (30 picked off in 36 tries) for the Major League lead.
SALAZAR TO SKIP ALL-STAR GAME
Saturday’s starter, Danny Salazar, will be held out of the All-Star Game on Tuesday to get him extra rest. He will be the last starter to debut after play resumes next weekend.
“Ultimately, we talked to Danny. If you go back a ways, we backed him when he was in Seattle,” said Francona. “We’ve just really been monitoring him very closely…We also really respect the fact that Danny made the team and what a huge honor it is. So we sat with Danny and talked through it. We came up with, I think he understands that for us to get where we want to go, this rest is really good for him. We’ve got him coming him out of the shoot last. It’s not like we are trying to finagle and then have him come out first. We’re pitching him last coming out, there’s a reason.”
Chicago’s Jose Quintana will assume Salazar’s spot in the Midsummer Classic from Petco Park in San Diego.
WELL DESERVED REST
The Indians are off until Friday, when they open the second half in Minnesota against the Twins, who have taken four of six from the Tribe in two series so far this season. Carrasco will take the mound against the Twins’ Ervin Santana (3-7, 4.06).
First pitch from Target Field on Friday is scheduled for 8:10 PM ET.
Photo: AP Photo/Ron Schwane