The Cleveland Indians scored in each of the first three innings, Orlando Cabrera had four hits and Carlos Carrasco threw seven strong innings on the mound, as the Tribe won the rubber match of the three game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-2. The victory, combined with the Detroit Tigers’s 16-9 loss to the New York Mets, moved the Indians back into a first place tie.
Despite fielding a lineup that had five starters, plus Carrasco, all hitting under .250 for the season, the Indians scored in the first inning with three consecutive hits by Orlando Cabrera, Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana. Orlando’s base hit was misplayed by Diamondback shortstop, Stephen Drew, but still ruled a hit.
The Diamondback defense continued to struggle in the second inning. Despite, not being charged with an error in the game, Arizona’s Ryan Roberts misplayed two balls, aiding the Indian offense. Roberts cut in front of Drew at shortstop and was unable to field the ball cleanly on Orlando’s second base hit, then a chopper down the line by Austin Kearns caromed off Roberts’s glove and struck him in the forehead.
Spotted with an early 4-0 lead after three innings, Carlos Carrasco (8-4) was able to cruise to the victory. Carrasco threw seven innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven, while walking none. Carrasco did allow solo home runs to Justin Upton and Drew. Carrasco, who is quickly emerging as the ace of the staff, completed an exceptional June where he was had a record of 4-1 and 0.98 ERA.
The Bullpen Mafia got back on track, after a difficult Tuesday evening, with a scoreless eighth inning from Vinnie Pestano and a scoreless ninth from Chris Perez. The Indians have Thursday off to travel to Cincinnati for a three-game, weekend series with the Reds.
Note: According to indiansprospectinsider.com and their twitter feed (@TonyIPI), Indians General Manager, Chris Antonetti and Minor League Director, Ross Atkins have been in Columbus, watching the Clippers, for the last couple days. With the Indians off day on Thursday, do not be surprised to see transactions made. Speculation was that Jason Kipnis could be next Clipper to receive a call to the big league club.