Carrasco Chased Early as Twins End Tribe’s Winning Streak; Twins 7, Indians 4
Bob Toth | On 01, Jun 2018
It was an off night again for Carlos Carrasco, who was unable to complete four innings in Minnesota on Friday night as the Indians’ six-game winning streak came to an end in a 7-4 loss to the Twins from Target Field.
Carrasco, making his second start of the year against the Twins, was nowhere near as effective as his first outing against them on April 18 when the two clubs met in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He fired seven shutout innings of three-hit baseball in that game, but he was tagged early and often against Minnesota in game two of this current four-game set from the Twin Cities.
The Twins jumped out to a three-spot in the first inning to give tough right-hander Jose Berrios a big lead to work with. Brian Dozier started Minnesota’s night at the plate with a double. After Eddie Rosario flied to left and Miguel Sano struck out swinging, Logan Morrison walked on five pitches. Two strikes later, Eduardo Escobar started his big night at the plate by lofting a curveball over the high wall in right for a three-run home run, giving the Twins a big lead.
Minnesota added a fourth run in the next frame. Robbie Grossman walked before Carrasco retired the next two in the air. Dozier singled to left to put two on for Rosario, who delivered an RBI-single to center to make it 4-0.
The Indians would not go down quietly, cutting the deficit in half with a big response in the third. Yan Gomes singled off of Berrios and motored to third on a double by Greg Allen. Francisco Lindor grounded out to second to score Gomes and Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly to score Allen to make it 4-2.
The Twins chased Carrasco in the fourth. Grossman reached on a liner back to the mound in and out of the glove of Carrasco. Ryan LaMarre doubled him home to make it 5-2. After a pair of groundouts, Rosario was intentionally walked as Carrasco looked for a third straight strikeout of Sano. Instead, the big slugger delivered with a double to left, knocking in LaMarre and knocking out Carrasco. Jeff Beliveau retired Morrison to strand a pair.
Cleveland got two more of its own in the top of the sixth against Berrios. After Brantley started the inning with a groundout, Jose Ramirez doubled to deep center and Edwin Encarnacion pounced on a curveball, sending it to the second deck in left for a two-run home run, making it a 6-4 lead.
It would be as close as the Indians could get. The Twins threatened with two runners in the sixth against Neil Ramirez, but could not score. Josh Tomlin entered to work the seventh, but as he has done all season long with regularity, he gave up yet another big fly as Escobar went deep for the second time with a clout to right, making it 7-4.
Zach Duke pitched the eighth, giving up only a two-out single to Encarnacion before getting his third out of the inning on the ground. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth, getting Melky Cabrera to ground out, Jason Kipnis to pop out, and Gomes to foul out to end it on 12 total pitches.
Berrios took the win, his sixth of the year in 12 starts. Carrasco dropped to 6-4 in defeat. Rodney earned his 12th save of the season.
The Indians (30-26) saw their six-game winning streak come to an end with the loss. They are now 12-15 on the road this season. The Twins (23-30) ended their three-game losing skid and improved to 12-13 as the home club this season. The two clubs have split four total games against each other so far this year.
GOOD SUPPORT FOR BERRIOS
Berrios was impressive in his first start against the Indians in Puerto Rico in April, firing seven shutout innings. He was not nearly as dominant on Friday, but he gave the Twins six innings and came away victorious thanks to plenty of run support. He gave up four runs on five hits in the game, walking one and striking out seven. He had pitch count problems early, but was able to get some shorter innings to pitch deeper into the ball game. He attacked the zone with regularity, throwing 69 of 99 pitches for strikes.
CARRASCO CHASED EARLY
Carrasco was unable to get out of the fourth inning on Friday in his second shortest start of the season. He was charged with six runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts in just three and two-thirds innings of work to suffer his third loss in his last four decisions.
STREAKS STOPPED, STREAKS GOING
Yonder Alonso’s hitting streak came to an end at six games with an 0-for-4 day at the plate with a pair of strikeouts. Brantley’s 21-game on-base streak ended on Friday with an 0-for-3 at the plate. He did drive in a run.
Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to eight straight games with a two-hit game at the plate. The home run was the 13th of his career at Target Field, second-most ever by a visiting player. Allen extended his own streak to a career-high seven straight games with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. He has four two-hit games in that span.
The Indians, as expected, activated outfielder Bradley Zimmer from the 10-day disabled list on Friday afternoon. He had been on the DL since May 15 with a left rib contusion after a collision with the wall at Yankee Stadium earlier in the month. He was not in the lineup for the Indians, due in some part to Allen’s success at the plate of late.
In a corresponding roster move, Thursday’s starter Shane Bieber was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
The two clubs will get back to action in an FS1 game on Saturday afternoon.
Minnesota will send right-hander Lance Lynn (3-4, 5.94 ERA) to the mound for just his second career start against the Indians. He held them scoreless in six innings in 2015 while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He has struggled to pitch deep into ball games, but has been better of late in a pair of quality start wins over Detroit and Kansas City.
Cleveland will call on Trevor Bauer (4-3, 2.61). He gave up a season-high four earned runs in his last start against Houston on Sunday afternoon, failing to make a quality start for just the third time in eleven starts this season. He went 3-1 against the Twins in 2017, putting up a 3.71 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in those five starts.
First pitch from Target Field is scheduled for 4:10 PM ET.
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