Game 61: Yankees 11, Indians 7

Carmona couldn't find the strike zone early, he couldn't stay out of the middle of the plate later, and he caused a bench-clearing confrontation. Other than that, it was a fine outing.

Fausto Carmona's seasons have either been really, really good or really, really bad. This season is shaping to be one of the latter. He allowed 6 runs in just 4 innings pitched, and allowing two more home runs. His short outing meant that the Indians had to use four relief pitchers to soak up four innings, not something they wanted to do on the first day of a seven-game road trip against tough offenses. 

Carmona's troubles started right from the start of the game. He walked the bases loaded in the first, and would give up 3 runs in the inning. Given how much the offense has struggled, that deficit seemed to push the game out of reach from the beginning. Carmona would give up his fourth run of the game on a Curtis Granderson home run in the second. He then compounded matters by throwing a pitch dangerously close to Mark Teixeira's head. The ball hit Teixeira on his upper back, but the New York first baseman was justifiably upset at the plunking. Both benches cleared, and the two managers got into a shouting match:

Acta said the gist of it was, "He did. He didn't. He did. He didn't."

Carmona would hang around two more innings, but by the time he left, the Indians were down 6-0. The Indians have gotten fantastic innings out of Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin, but if Carmona can't turn his season around, it's going to be difficult stay in contention.

The Indians would rally late to make the score somewhat close. More importantly, Mariano Rivera had to be brought in to end the game, something that may come in handy later in the series. Of course that would mean the Indians being in those games.





Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Hannahan .050 Carmona -.282
LaPorta .024 Brantley -.075
Santana .020 A. Cabrera -.058
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