It was one of the most shocking moments of the 2019 Indians season as the team announced the unnamed blood disorder that prompted Carlos Carrasco to leave the team was, in fact, leukemia.
And it was one of the most touching moments when the Indians showed their support for the starting pitcher during the “Stand Up to Cancer” moment at the All-Star Game at Progressive Field.
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The 2019 season had a lot of unexpected obstacles for the Cleveland Indians, but none resonated more with the Major League Baseball community than the leukemia battle fought by Carlos Carrasco.
Every year since 1971, Major League Baseball has recognized a player for his contributions to the community and for representing a philanthropic attitude with a desire for helping others. Each club nominates a player and the winner is picked annually during the World Series.
The Indians used four runs in the first two innings to claim a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies from downtown Cleveland on Friday night.
Shane Bieber won his 15th on the year with another quality start on the mound for the Indians. He allowed just two runs over seven and one-third innings while striking out seven, while former Phillie Carlos Carrasco shut down the only other organization that he has been a member of with a four-out save for his first in the big leagues since 2014.
Seven Cleveland pitchers combined to hold off Los Angeles, 4-3, on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep in Anaheim and a six-game season sweep of the Angels by the Indians.
A homer in the first and three runs in the second backed Tribe pitching on Wednesday, as starter Adam Plutko and six relievers behind him held off the Halos as the Indians pulled back within four games of the first place Minnesota Twins in the American League Central and stayed a half game in back of Oakland for the second AL Wild Card spot. The combined efforts allowed Cleveland (86-61) to gain ground in the division, while the Angels fell to 67-80 with their fourth straight loss.
For the second straight game for the Cleveland Indians at Target Field, the Tribe used a four-run frame in extra innings to knock off the Minnesota Twins, this time skipping the Carlos Santana grand slam and instead using three separate RBI base knocks with two men out to stun the host club in a 6-2 final.
A game dominated by solid starting pitching on both sides of the field was decided by the bullpens in eleven innings. The Indians sent ten men to the plate in the eleventh, putting up four hits while plating four runs with two men out to earn a much-needed win in the first of six games remaining between Cleveland and Minnesota in the month of September. The Tribe, desperate for every win possible as they look to remain in the mix in the American League Central race as well as the AL Wild Card chase, pulled off the stunning win for their fifth win against the Twins in their last six contests.
In a key matchup against a potential playoff foe this weekend, the Cleveland Indians did not show up. The Tampa Bay Rays, however, got another strong pitching performance from All-Star Charlie Morton and piled up runs in the middle and late innings to complete a three-game sweep of the Indians behind an 8-2 final.
The Cleveland bats were missing for much of the weekend, much as they have been over the course of the last couple of weeks. For the second time in the last four series, the Indians failed to earn a win against a playoff caliber opponent while looking as though they have run out of gas after several demoralizing late season injuries have put significant dents in the offense. The Tribe mustered just six hits, and both runs scored came from Jake Bauers, who rejoined the team after a month away to replace the injured Tyler Naquin, who was lost after a torn ACL suffered in Friday night’s loss.
Aaron Civale gave Cleveland seven quality innings on the mound while the Indians used three solo home runs to defeat the Detroit Tigers by a 4-2 final on Wednesday night.
Detroit got a surprisingly strong start from Jordan Zimmermann, who overcame career-long struggles against the Indians with a quality start. He left with the game tied as the Tigers evened up the score with a solo homer in the sixth, but Civale lasted one more inning and landed in the win column after Francisco Lindor’s 24th homer of the season put Cleveland back in front late.
Word broke in the overnight hours Friday night that the condition keeping Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco off of the mound was in fact leukemia.
CDN 37, a news station in the Dominican Republic, announced the news regarding Carrasco shortly before 11 PM in a tweet on the station’s Twitter page (@CDN37). The tweet was in reference to Carrasco’s upcoming interview with CDN 37’s Frank Camilo (Mister Deportes), scheduled to air at 4 PM on Sunday on the station.
A late arrival to Chicago did the Cleveland Indians no favors as the club was shelled in a 10-4 final against the White Sox on Thursday night.
A lengthy finale with the Red Sox in Boston on Wednesday night and the ensuing flight to Chicago may have led to a sluggish effort from the Indians on Thursday night in the opener of their four-game series with the White Sox. Carlos Carrasco’s strong numbers against Chicago this month disappeared, as he allowed six runs over six and one-third innings, and the offense could not make up the difference in their third look of the season at left-hander Manny Banuelos.
Tampa Bay rocked three more home runs off of Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco as the Rays rolled to a 6-2 win on Saturday afternoon.
Both clubs had to endure a nearly three-hour long rain delay prior to first pitch on Saturday, but the Rays bats came out ready to play ball while the Indians offense remained unproductive to follow a season-long trend. The Rays got stellar pitching from Charlie Morton, who limited the Indians to just one run on three hits with ten strikeouts over six innings in his longest start (in terms of pitches thrown) this season. Carrasco was locked in at times, but the Rays found him three times with the long ball to change the outcome of the game.