Carlos Carrasco Fails to Last Five Innings in Loss
On Friday night, the Indians tried to put a stop to a two game losing streak and get back on the right path. Unfortunately, that proved to be nothing more than wishful thinking as the Indians fell to the Chicago White Sox for the second straight night, 9-6.
For the second time in as many starts, Carlos Carrasco struggled and allowed five runs to cross the plate. Not exactly what the Indians had hoped for when they opted to make him the fifth starter in the rotation instead of Josh Tomlin or Trevor Bauer. In just 4.2 innings of work, he gave up those five runs on 6 hits and 3 walks while also striking out 5. Clearly location was an issue for Carrasco all night long.
Meanwhile, Chicago starter Chris Sale came into Friday night’s game looking to avenge his performance against the Indians in 2013. For whatever reason, the Indians just seemed to have Sale’s number. They hit him well, better than any other team in baseball, for reasons that no body can really begin to understand. And while the Indians offense didn’t light hup the score board against Sale, they did put three runs on the board against the slender lefty and forced him out of the game after five innings.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to propel the Indians to victory. After falling behind early 3-0 thanks to an Adam Eaton RBI double, Conor Gillaspie sac fly, and Alejandro de Aza RBI single, the Indians clawed their way back into the game with a three run fifth inning. After Elliot Johnson and Mike Aviles reached to start the inning, Asdrubal Cabrera doubled them home. Cabrera would then score thanks to an RBI single to center from Nick Swisher.
With new life and a 3-3 tie, the Indians pitching staff was unfortunately unable to keep the White Sox offense at bay. In four straight innings, Carrasco, Bryan Shaw, C.C. Lee, and Blake Wood all allowed runs to cross the plate. Yes, the Indians also added two runs of their own in that same period of time, but it was not enough to overcome the White Sox. Oddly enough, the White Sox never homered, but instead scored their runs on two singles, a double, and two bases loaded walks. The Indians added a run on the ninth on an RBI single from Ryan Raburn, but it was too little too late.
With their record under .500 for the first time all season, the Indians will hope that Justin Masterson will be able to turn things around later today. He will take the mound against Felipe Paulino. After a lackluster performance in his last start, attributed to a mechanical failure in his delivery, Masterson will be on a mission to put an end to the Indians recent three game skid. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10.