Tribe Falls to Price, Detroit in Opener


Sep 12, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) throws out Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (R) on a ground ball in the fifth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Carrasco’s Impressive Run Snapped by J.D. Martinez, Tigers

After allowing just a single earned run or less in each of his past six starts, Carlos Carrasco finally flinched against the Tigers on Friday, allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings.  Price was dominant, allowing just one run on a homer to Ryan Raburn in his 7 2/3 innings of work.  Cleveland couldn’t muster up enough offense as Price retired 14 of the final 17 batters he faced.

The Positives

Ra-demption for Raburn.  After a few embarrassing performanced in the field this year, he was able to strike early and give the Tribe the lead.  Lonnie Chisenhall smacked a double to drive in Jason Giambi in the ninth inning.  Other than that, not much to be excited about.

The Negatives

Carrasco’s dominant run came to an end.  It wasn’t necessarily a blowout; if C.C. Lee had done his job, Carrasco would have likely gotten a quality start on his line.  Unfortunately, he made one mistake to J.D. Martinez, who continues to absolutely torment the Tribe this year.  And the offense continues to sputter.

Check It Out
-Carrasco’s run of six starts in a row going at least five innings and allowing no more than a run was the longest by an Indians pitcher since Sam McDowell in 1968.
-It was also the first time Carrasco’s ERA has risen in over a month.