Nice way to follow up Wednesday's no-hitter, huh?
The first thing to talk about was the incident in the fourth inning. Carlos Carrasco was tossing meatballs aplenty, and after Alex Gordon was walked to load the bases, he threw Melky Cabrera a 90ish fastball on the inner half of the plate. Cabrera murdered it, stopped to watch his handiwork, and then jogged around the bases. Carrasco seemed frustrated all night, and the combination of the grand slam with the pose sent him over the edge. His next pitch was at Billy Butler's head, and he was immediately tossed by the home plate umpire. The benches cleared half-heartedly, Carrasco left the field, and that was that. I'm going to guess Carrasco will be suspended for his next start, and deservedly so; throwing at somebody's head is one of the biggest no-nos in baseball, no matter what the provocation. Cabrera posed, yes, but a lot of other hitters do it to. And even if you wanted to send a message, there's much better ways of doing it than what Carrasco did.
Secondly, the offense sucked. Jeff Francis this season has allowed 10.6 hits per 9 innings, and has a 84 ERA+ (4.65 ERA), and he looked like Jamie Moyer pitching to the Indians. Manny Acta put Orlando Cabrera in the lineup because he's had success against Francis in the past, and that hunch worked: Orlando went 1-for-3 with a walk against the Kansas City left-hander with a walk. The rest of the lineup, in 28 plate appearances, reached base three times.
In other news, Kosuke Fukudome made his Indians debut, starting in right field, and that's probably where he'll remain until Shin-Soo Choo returns. Choo is a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, and may possibly be back by mid-August. Of course, the way the Indians are playing, that may be too late to salvage the season.
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