Carrasco struggles again, Tribe falls to Tigers 7-4
BY ANDREW GUARINO
INDIANS BEAT WRITER
The Detroit Tigers defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Sunday afternoon from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. With the win, the Tigers took 2/3 from the three-game series with the Indians.
The Detroit Tigers scored first for the second straight game against Cleveland. Victor Reyes led off the game for the Tigers with a double – he moved to third on a sac bunt by Willi Castro. Reyes ended up coming around to score on a Miguel Cabrera flyout. The Indians would answer right back as Cesar Hernandez hit a solo home run to center field to tie the game at one a piece.
The Tigers would claim the lead in the fourth inning. Niko Goodrum hit deep to lead off the fourth for Detroit. This was followed by a Jacoby Jones double and then Jorge Bonifacio hit a two-run home run to center to put the Tigers up 4-2. Carlos Carrasco retired the next batter before allowing a double to Issac Paredes, which ended his night.
Detroit added two more runs in the sixth, this time off Indians reliever Logan Allen. Logan Greiner took Allen deep to left to make it 5-2. Then Miguel Cabrera singled to score Willi Castro, who was on third base. In the eighth, the Tigers added one more run to make 7-1.
The Indians wouldn't go down without a fight though. Cleveland led off the bottom half of the ninth inning with back-to-back walks and then Greg Allen hit a three-run home run to right field to cut the Tigers lead to 7-4. Unfortunately, that's all the Indians could get and they dropped the series finale by a final score of 7-4.
Carlos Carrasco has not been himself as of late. For the last three starts, he has gone 12 innings, allowing 10 runs, 16 hits, nine walks, and striking out 16. A positive from Carrasco today, though, is that he only walked one batter whereas in his previous two starts he has walked at least three batters.
Next up for Cleveland is a three-game series versus the Minnesota Twins. The Indians will send Aaron Civale to the mound; he is 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA on the year. Civale is coming off his best start of the year in which he has pitched a complete game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates giving just one run on five hits. The Twins will counter with Kenta Maeda on the mound; he is 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA this year. Maeda is also coming off his best start of the year where he went eight innings on one run, one hit, and striking out 12 versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
POSTED 08/23/2020 16:57