NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after the final out of the seventh inning against the New York Yankees on June 13, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
This game was a showcase for Carlos Carrasco's talent. In the first three innings, though, it looked at times that he was on the precipice of losing it. The first three Yankees reached to start the first inning, but he made some excellent pitches to extricate himself from the worst of jams, including a tremendous strikeout of Robinson Cano. In the second, he allowed the first two to reach, but he again got out of it without damage. After a Mark Teixeira walk to begin the third, Carrasco finally put it together, retiring the next 10 hitters he faced. After three innings he had thrown roughly 60 pitches, but he would get the Indians through seven thanks to that string of dominance.
Jack Hannahan helped out with a tremendous play in the seventh. Eduaro Nunez hit a weak dribbling down the left line, and Hannahan grabbed the ball with his bare hand while on the run and got off a perfect throw to nab Nunez.
Carrasco needed to be that good, as the Indians managed just one run. And, not surprisingly, that run was manufactured by Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera. Brantley started the fourth inning with a triple, and Asdrubal Cabrera poked a single through the drawn-in infield. Besides that brief scoring burst, the Indians did virtually nothing against A.J. Burnett. This was not a surprise, since they've nothing against good and bad pitchers for the past three weeks.
Tony Sipp and Vinnie Pestano together faced the middle of the New York order in the eighth, allowing a walk but no further damage, and Chris Perez made good a rare save opportunity by striking out the side in the ninth.
This 1-0 victory in a difficult park and against a difficult lineup was thrilling to watch, but it also highlighted just what it's taking to win a game these days. The Indians have won two games since June 2, and both of them have been 1-0 victories.
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