Cleveland Indians Defeats Oakland A’s With Great Pitching

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Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was nearly lights out in a win against the Oakland A’s this evening. Carrasco (11-8) pitched a complete game, while giving up only two hits and striking out seven batters. His counterpart, Chris Bassitt remains winless on the season with a 0-4 record. Bassitt threw seven innings and gave up three runs and six hits. He also had six strikeouts. The Indians improved their record to 47-54, while the A’s fell to 45-58.

Key Moments

First Inning

Francisco Lindor started the offense as he gained a single. Michael Brantley then hit a double and on the play Lindor scored due to a throwing error on the play.

Carlos Santana continued the production in the inning as he hit a two run home run, his 12th of the season, leading to a 3-0 lead at the time.

Fifth Through Seventh Inning

Carlos Carrasco had three consecutive one, two, three innings during this stretch of the ball game. He had six total for the game By the sixth inning, Carrasco already reached all but one of his total strikeouts for the night.

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The Positives

The starting pitching for the Indians once again. Carrasco’s performance tonight did everything and then some to get the Tribe a win. With not much else going good for the Indians on the base path, could this be the start of solid production by Santana? That is doubtful, but if he can use his performance tonight as momentum these next few games, perhaps this is the game that will start to increase his stats more. After all, he is a better hitter post trade deadline.

The Negatives

It is always great to finish a game with a win. The tough part is how did the team achieve the win. Unfortunately, once again a Cleveland Indians pitcher had to pitch phenomenal to give the team an opportunity to get the “w.” If Santana did not end up hitting his two run home run, the game could have been a game tied at one for a very long time, with no guarantee that Cleveland will end up winning.

Check It Out

The Cleveland Indians will attempt to win it back to games over Oakland tomorrow night, and three wins in a row at 9:35 PM. Danny Salazar (8-6, 3.72 ERA) gets the start for the Tribe. The A’s counter with Kendall Graveman (6-7 4.13 ERA).

Next: Series Preview: Cleveland Indians @ Oakland Athletics

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