Indians Have Rough Return to the Bay Area
The Indians up and down play continued on Friday night. Riding the upward wave of a two-game winning streak, they came crashing back down against the Giants. Led by one of the Tribe’s free agent targets last winter, Tim Hudson, the Giants got out to an early lead and never looked back. The end result, a 5-1 victory and another head scratching performance for Carlos Carrasco.
In Carrasco’s six innings of work, he allowed four runs to cross the plate on five hits and a walk. He also struck out six Giants, but it wasn’t enough. The Giants scored off of Carrasco in three of the first four innings of Friday night’s game. He only retired them in order during the second inning.
Meanwhile, Tim Hudson continues to impress with the Giants and made sure to show the Indians exactly what they were missing out on after he chose to sign with the Giants over them. In seven innings of work, Hudson held the Indians to just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five. He limited the amount of damage the Indians were able to do all night and worked his way out of the few rallies the Indians attempted to put together.
The Giants got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. Following a lead-off single to Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence brought him home on a triple. Pence scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Michael Morse. By the time the inning was over, the Giants had given Hudson a 2-run lead. It’s all he would need.
The Indians cut that 2-0 lead in half in the top of the third inning. After Michael Bourn tripled to right center, Nick Swisher came through with an RBI single to left center. For Swisher, who has struggled to get much of anything going offensively, his 2 for 4 night was a welcomed sight.
However, the Giants were quick to respond. In the bottom half of the inning they jumped out to a 3-1 lead thanks once again to the combo of Pagan and Pence. Pagan singled and stole second off of Carrasco and Pence brought him around to score with a single to right. The biggest blow of the game came in the fourth when Michael Morse hit a solo home run to center, making it 4-1 Giants.
The Giants pushed their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh. After Josh Outman allowed a lead-off triple to Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford singled him. C.C. Lee then entered the game and finished off the inning.