The Cleveland Indians finally stopped their spiraling Wednesday afternoon as they found a way to win in Milwaukee and split a two game series with the Brewers.
Carlos Carrasco was his usual dominant self on an opposing park’s mound, as the bats showed some life and put up six runs against the Brewers two.
The win brought the Cleveland Indians back up to .500 (18-18), and kept their hold on first place in the AL Central over the Minnesota Twins.
The Tribe have Thursday off as they head back to Cleveland for a weekend series against the Kansas City Royals starting on Friday. Here’s what we took away from the 6-2 win over Milwaukee.
Carlos Carrasco was dealing
The fans weren’t the only ones afraid to go to the bullpen after their past week of woes. Carlos Carrasco decided he would go the distance, pitching a complete game.
This was his second complete game of the season, making him the first AL pitcher to accomplish the feat this year.
Carrasco was money on the mound. He struck out 14 while only giving up five hits, two runs, and just one walk. He also retired 10 straight batters at one point.
But he didn’t just help on defense. He also picked up his second career hit, an RBI single in the ninth that made it a 6-1 ballgame (and gave him a better batting average than 10 of Cleveland’s hitters).
Roberto Perez hit a triple!
That’s right. The 220 pound, defensive oriented catcher, who is hitting .116 on the year, hit his third career triple.
It came in the ninth inning, and while the Brewers did get a run in the bottom half of the inning, they should’ve called the game right after it happened.
To his credit, it wasn’t a fluke. He rocketed a pitch right down the first base line and got on his horse. The Brewers didn’t even boot the ball around but he still made it pretty easily and without a throw.
Roberto Perez is nice to have. He is a great defensive player and had some memorable hits in the 2016 playoffs. But he is not a great hitter and he is especially not a speedster. It’s great to see the big man chugging around the bases.
Naquin won’t go silently into the night
Tyler Naquin is making decisions tough for the Indians, and that’s a good thing. He knocked a three-run homer in the fourth and went 2-4 on the day.
He’s now batting .319 on the season, albeit a small sample size, and proving to his coaches and his teammates that he belongs in the majors.
And with Chisenhall set to return soon, Naquin is doing all he can to show why he shouldn’t be the guy the Cleveland Indians send down when he does.