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Carrasco, Indians hitters blank Orioles, 6-0

Jimenez struggles against his former club; Tribe wins five of last six

Carrasco, Indians hitters blank Orioles, 6-0
Carlos Carrasco continues to dominate since being moved back into the rotation. (Photo: Chuck Crow)
August 17, 2014
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CLEVELAND—Ubaldo Jimenez was greeted well by his former club in his return trip to Progressive Field.

The Orioles starter wouldn’t even escape the fifth inning.

Tribe hitters embraced Jimenez (4-9, 4.83 ERA) scoring six earned runs on five hits against him in just 4 1/3 innings Saturday, leading to an easy 6-0 shutout.

Backed behind another solid outing from Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.27 ERA), the Indians continue their winning ways, having won five of their last six.

Scoring just three runs over their last two games, Cleveland bats struck for three runs off the O’s right-hander in the first inning on one swing of the bat.

Issuing walks to Michael Bourn and Jose Ramirez to leadoff the first, Carlos Santana launched his team-leading 21st homer off Jimenez two batters later to give the Tribe a quick 3-0 lead.

“It got us on the board early, that’s important,” Michael Brantley said. “Carrasco kind of took care of the rest. He was working quickly and when he does that, it gets us into a better offensive rhythm. It was a hard fought effort today, a total team effort all around.”

Making his second start since being moved back to the starting rotation, Carrasco flashed signs of the pitcher Jimenez was down the stretch for the Indians last season. The hard-throwing right-hander went seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five.

“He came out of the shoot really attacking with not just his fastball, but breaking balls and had such a good feel with his off-speed,” manager Terry Francona said. “But he also really stuck a lot of fastballs and looked really good. I was pretty impressed.”

After going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in his first four starts earlier this year, Carrasco has tossed 12 scoreless innings in his last two outings since transitioning back to a starter role.

“I was talking to [Kevin] Cash before the game and he told me to throw hard, that’s it,” he said. “That made me feel good and that’s what I did. That’s my job. I just want to stay there.”

It marked the first time Carrasco worked seven scoreless innings in over three years, since June 13, 2011.

“I think being out in the bullpen helped a lot with his confidence and kind of understanding who he is,” Francona said. “He’s taking the same mentality into his starts. We had talked about him wanting a spot in the rotation this spring and now he’s going out and earned it by what he’s done. That should be really rewarding for him, because he deserved it.”

“With his stuff, and when he’s throwing strikes and powering the zone like that, he’s fun to watch and he’s fun to play behind,” Brantley said. “He works quickly, gets a lot of outs and has great stuff. He’s a big part of our rotation right now.”

Tribe starters have stepped up great over the last five games, allowing just three earned runs over 39 innings of work, posting an astounding 0.69 ERA.

Brantley also had a hand in the Indians victory, giving Carrasco even more run support in the home half of the fifth.

After a RBI single by Ramirez brought home the club’s fourth run, Brantley deposited a two-run home run to the seats in right field giving his team a six-run cushion. The center fielder is the only player in baseball currently hitting .300+ with 18+ homers, 80+ RBI and 10+ stolen bases.

Relievers C.C. LeeNick Hagadone and Bryan Shaw provided the final two scoreless innings to seal the win.

Cleveland (62-60) moves up a game on first place Kansas City with another victory, sitting five games in back of the Royals in the Central Division.

Up next for Indians: The Tribe looks to sweep the three-game series with Baltimore in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Danny Salazar (4-5, 4.88 ERA) gets the start against the Orioles Kevin Gausman (6-4, 3.90 ERA) at 1:05 p.m.

Follow Jim on Twitter @JBirdman27 or he can be reached via email at jberdysz27@gmail.com.

User Comments

Joe Chengery
August 18, 2014 - 2:24 AM EDT
Tomlin is likely gassed after not pitching a full season in two years, being he missed essentially all of 2013 (outside of like, two Minor League rehab starts in Arizona) and the second-half of 2012. He's cheap and effective when he's on, which has been more often than not when he's healthy and at full strength, certainly more than adequate in the five spot, better than most teams' 4 and 5 starters.

See what he does next year with a full healthy offseason under his belt- he was very consistent before TJ surgery, regularly pumping out 5-6 IP and most of those being quality starts. He should be in the mix for the five spot next year, along with House and McAllister- you'd be hard-pressed to find a significant upgrade at a cheaper price in terms of cost, and you'd have to give up a decent to good amount of depth to upgrade that spot over a solid, cheap option like Tomlin. House and McAllister can give him the competition next year to ensure he belongs in the rotation or in the bullpen.
troy
August 17, 2014 - 8:39 PM EDT
Tomlin is a dud, He is not a major league pitcher.
Walter
August 17, 2014 - 7:22 PM EDT
Carrasco had his best outing as an Indian. He was dealing on Sat nite. Indians need to start winning against the AL Central in order to have any chance to make the playoffs. They have played poorly against the Twins and White Sox.
Steve
August 17, 2014 - 4:36 PM EDT
Tomlin is too inconsistent..... Let's move on from him....if it isn't House or Salazar lets find someone!
art
August 17, 2014 - 3:16 PM EDT
Nice outing again, but before I get too excited about him I want to see how he recovers from a tough inning.
Joe Chengery
August 17, 2014 - 11:33 AM EDT
That foursome along with Tomlin, McAllister, or House would all be relatively young, team-controlled for a while, and have the potential to do big things for a while as well. While starting pitching depth is always nice, the Indians would not be forced to part with any young talent for a starting pitcher. The future is looking quite bright, they just need to stay the course (I.e. Not making trades just to get a guy in the rotation) regardless of what happens in 2014, and they're still in the hunt in 2014, which makes this youth movement even better yet. Go Tribe!
Homer
August 17, 2014 - 9:18 AM EDT
If Carrasco has finally arrived as a SP then this is huge for the Tribe. They'll still need an additional arm this offseason but it certainly gives them options this offseason. Plus, they will be less pressed to make a big move. Meaning they'll have options elsewhere.
troy
August 17, 2014 - 8:35 AM EDT
If Carrasco is for real and not another mirage, Him, Kluber, Bauer and Salazar could be as good as a foursome as any in all of MLB next year

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