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Carrasco, Myers struggle as Tribe falls 14-1

Tribe pitching allows five home runs in blowout loss

Carrasco, Myers struggle as Tribe falls 14-1
April 9, 2013
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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.

Catcher Yan Gomes, recalled Tuesday after Lou Marson was placed on the disabled list, went hitless in his Indians debut.

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.

User Comments

League Park
April 10, 2013 - 10:35 AM EDT
Options for improving starting pitching are very limited. Few ready to help arms in the system. It's either bite the bullet and go with what we have or deal marketable players in positions where we have enough depth to trade them. (SS,bullpen)
Tony
April 10, 2013 - 10:02 AM EDT
Yeah, as much as the starting pitching bothers me, it was an area that was hard to address in the offseason. The Indians used their resources to upgrade the offense as there just were not many pitchers available. The FA market was bad, the trade market was worse. They went hard after Edwin Jackson and a few others, but had they signed any of them they would probably still be in the same boat with the pitching. It's just a situation where they could not possibly fix every need in one offseason. The offense and defense got a considerable boost, but the starting staff got the typical patchwork job. Going forward, getting starting pitching is going to be a key focus, and one I am not sure they can get unless they trade for it.
League Park
April 10, 2013 - 9:55 AM EDT
Shy, get somem facts before you go on a rant. Carrasco came from the Phillies and was regarded as a solid prospect. Petite is 40. Since you have all the answers, what wouls you have done in the off season to improve the starting pitching? Be specific!
Budi
April 10, 2013 - 6:29 AM EDT
Told everybody countless time. Watch out the rotation! The front office has too many reclamation projects: Ubaldo, Brett, Scott and now Carrasco and Bauer. Four out of five? Come on! Is this the second spring training?
Devin
April 10, 2013 - 3:16 AM EDT
where do we go from here...
shy
April 10, 2013 - 2:30 AM EDT
UGGGLLY! 6 months of hope and excitement gone in 2 days. You sell out the home opener and Ubaldo Jimenez delivers a gut punch to 40,000 in the stands and another 200,000 in radio land. Then Carlos Carrasco delivers a throat punch, and if anybody was still hopeful in the stands after he left in the 4th inning, Brett Myers finished them off with a punch to the balls. Pretty much everybody that reads, writes on IBI knew the starting rotation would be problematic because Chris Antonetti failed to address last year's situation in any meaningful way, but who knew it would be this bad on April 9? Jimenez has 44 starts as an Indian, most of them lousy. He's in decline and not going to turn into Pedro Martinez anytime soon. Brett Myers is also on the downside of his career and was already not well enough thought of last year to be anything but a middle inning mop up guy on an out of contention team. Carrasco was not considered a high ceiling prospect by the Cubs and dealt cheap. Good arm yes, inconsistent command and bad temperament negate that and make him a mediocre pitcher. There's nothing that takes a lineup out of a game like bad starting pitching. Pettite who is what 43? was able to carve up the Indians because they were overanxious and trying to get back in the game w one swing instead of playing patient, thoughtful fundamental baseball. That's what happens when you go down 6 to nothing before some people have had a chance to find their seats. You can't blame Francona and you can't blame Acta, If the people in the front office don't know the game and can't properly evaluate players, you're not going to get a winning team on the field in Cleveland, I don't care how much money Dolan gives them.

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