Indians Overcome Carrasco’s Struggles in Come From Behind Victory
If there is one thing you could say about the 2014 Indians, it’s that they aren’t willing to just lay down and die. This is a team that is going to fight and claw until the very last out is made, regardless of the score. Sunday was another example of that as they rallied back from a 4-2 deficit for a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays.
Even though they were forced to come from behind late, the Indians did jump out to an early lead on Sunday afternoon. In the bottom of the second, Michael Brantley got the Indians on the board with his fourth home run of the season. The solo shot to right put the Indians up 1-0 and gave starter Carlos Carrasco a much-needed lead.
Unfortunately, it was not a lead that Carrasco would be able to protect.
In the top of the fourth, the Blue Jays struck back in a big way. After a lead off double and infield single to start the inning, Jose Bautista put the Jays on the board with a single to right. Two batters later, Juan Francisco delivered an RBI single of his own to make it 2-1. To finish things off, Brett Lawrie grounded out to short, scoring the third and final run of the inning in the process.
Not to be outdone, though, Michael Brantley and the Indians responded in the bottom of the frame. His RBI double, which plated Jason Kipnis, cut the Jays’ lead to 3-2.
The Blue Jays didn’t take that run scored lightly. They responded with a run of their own in the top of the fifth inning. With Josh Thole on second base, Jose Reyes singled to left. It was enough to push Thole around to score and bump the Jays’ lead beck to two at 4-2.
The score would remain unchanged until the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs in the inning, the Indians began to build a rally. Three straight walks loaded the bases and brought David Murphy to the plate with a chance to do some serious damage. He wouldn’t disappoint. On an 0-1 offering from lefty side-slinger Aaron Loup, Murphy slapped a double down the left field line. It cleared the bases and put the Indians up 5-4. They would add an insurance run in the seventh on a sac fly by Nick Swisher.
After Carrasco left the game in the top of the sixth, the Indians’ bullpen refused to allow any more runs to cross the plate for the Blue Jays. Josh Outman, Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen, and John Axford combined to throw 3.3 shutout innings. In the process, Axford picked up his sixth save of the season.
With the victory, the Indians are now 8-10 on the season. They will welcome the Kansas City Royals to Progressive Field on Monday for the first time this season. The four game set will kick off with a 7:05 start time. Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Royals against Zach McAllister of the Indians.