Saturday recap: Photos, plus notes on Carrasco, Santana, Brantley
The Indians moved to 3-1 through the first 4 games of this 5-game homestand against Arizona (1-1) and Baltimore (2-0, + 1 game), improving to 62-60 and two games over the .500 mark for the first time since August 4 (57-55)…marks Cleveland’s 9th shutout of the season and first shutout since a 3-0 win at New York-AL on August 9…the Indians are now 9-5 to begin the month of August and have won 5 of their last 6 since dropping 4-straight from 8/5-8/8…the win gives the Indians a 17-12 record vs. teams from the AL-East this season, making this the 7th time in the last 11 seasons that the Indians have gone .500-or-better vs. the AL-East since 2004…the Indians have 4 remaining games vs. the AL-East this season (1 vs. BAL and 3 vs. TB).
- Carrasco worked 7.0 scoreless innings and picked up his fifth win of the season and second win as a starter this year (W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R-ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 79 pitches/57 strikes)…after going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA (17 ER/22.0 IP) through his first 4 starts of the season, Carrasco has gone 2-0 through 2 starts (12.0 scoreless innings) since transitioning back into the starter role…the last time Carrasco worked 5.0 scoreless innings in
back-to-back outings was on June 7-June 13, 2011 (15.1 IP)…the last time Carrasco worked at least 7.0 innings was when he did not earn a decision, despite going 7.1 innings in a 2-1 loss vs. Kansas City on June 17, 2013…the last time he worked at least 7.0 scoreless innings was when he earned a 1-0 win at New York-AL on June 13, 2011.
- Carrasco improves to 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA (6 ER/29.1 IP) in 10 appearances/3 starts vs. American League East opponents this season…Over the Tribe’s last 6 games dating back to August 9, Cleveland’s starting rotation has posted a 0.69 ERA (3 ER/39.0 IP).
- Delivered his 21st home run of the season, a 3-run shot to center field that put the Indians on the board 3-0 in the first inning…the home run marked Santana’s 92nd career homer, tying him with Sandy Alomar for 28th-most home runs in Indians history…with Santana’s first-inning home run, the Indians last 6 runs have come courtesy of the home run ball…Santana’s 92 career home runs rank 20th in the American League since 2010…Santana finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and 3 RBI.
- Registered his 18th home run of the season, coming as a 2-run homer to right field in the fifth inning and giving the Indians a 6-0 lead…Brantley’s 2 RBI give him 80 RBI on the season as he becomes the only player in the American League with a batting average over .300, 18-or-more home runs, 10-or-more stolen bases and at least 80 RBI this season.