Carrasco, Myers struggle as Tribe falls 14-1
Tribe pitching allows five home runs in blowout loss
By Nathan Kemp
April 9, 2013
Cleveland, OH — After working out of early trouble in the first, Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco gave up seven runs before being ejected in the top of the fourth as the Indians lost their second straight game to the Yankees, 14-1.
After Ichiro Suzuki grounded into a double play in the top of the second, Eduardo Nunez and Lyle Overbay hit back-to-back singles off Carrasco (0-1, 17.18) to put runners on first and second. Following a walk to Francisco Cervelli to load the bases, leadoff man Brett Gardner singled to right-center to score the first two runs of the game. Robinson Cano followed with a two-RBI double that went over the head of center fielder Drew Stubbs and extended the lead to 4-0.
Carrasco gave up another run in the fifth on a solo home run into the visiting team's bullpen by Suzuki, putting the Yankees up 5-0. It home run was Suzuki's first this year, and it traveled 337 feet in quick fashion.
Cano put New York up 7-0 after he hit a two-run homer, his third of the season, into the left field bleachers in the fourth. In two games against the Tribe this season, Cano has six extra-base hits and seven runs batted in.
Following the dinger by Cano, Carrasco beaned Kevin Youklis near his head and was ejected by home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Carrasco just finished serving a suspension for beaning Kansas City Royals slugger Billy Butler in 2011, and it looks like he might have another coming his way.
“I know it doesn’t look good,” said Carrasco, who waited in manager Terry Francona’s office following the game to apologize. “I really want to say sorry.”
Carrasco allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two in three and two-thirds innings.
Indians starter Brett Myers came on in long relief to give Cleveland's overtaxed bullpen a breather. He allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits, including three home runs over the final five and one-third innings. The Yankees finished the night with 18 hits, five of them homers and the team now has hit eight in the first two games of the series.
"Losing a game is not fun, but Brett saved our bullpen,” said Francona. “Hopefully we can win a game tomorrow night."
New York southpaw Andy Pettitte (2-0, 1.20) kept the Cleveland bats quiet over seven innings to pick up his second win of the season. He allowed just one home run to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the first pitch of the sixth inning.
Adam Warren kept the Indians lineup scoreless over the final two innings, surrendering two hits and striking out one.
Stubbs and first baseman Nick Swisher led Cleveland with two hits apiece. Stubbs logged a double in each of his first two at-bats, but failed to score. Three other Indians had one hit to bring the team’s total to seven for the game.
Cleveland will try to take the third game of the four-game series against New York on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. After using Myers in long relief, the Indians will likely recall right-hander Corey Kluber from Triple-A Columbus to face Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (0-1, 7.71).
Notes: The Yankees 14-1 victory was largest margin of victory in Cleveland since winning 18-1 on August 12, 1931. ... With the loss, Terry Francona is now 81-80 in his managerial career against the Yankees.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.