The Indians wrapped up their short two-game set in the Windy City Tuesday afternoon with a very solid outing from Carlos Carrasco, and the offense did enough with the long ball for an easy 9-0 win.
The Tribe pounded out 11 hits, five homers, and overall everyone in the lineup produced minus leadoff hitter Frankie Lindor and new call-up Oscar Mercado, who did get hit by a pitch and scored a run.
The big boppers were Jordan Luplow who hit two homers and drove in three runs. Luplow is now hitting .280 with four homers and six RBI.
Carrasco dominated the Sox yet again, going seven innings, now allowing a run on six hits with no walk and six K’s, throwing 107 pitches.
Now on the season Carrasco is 4-3 with a 4.18 ERA.
The team is off on Wednesday and will start an 11-game homestand on Thursday starting with the Orioles. Here’s a couple takeaways from the Tuesday win.
1. The Bats Come Out of Hiding
Five homers on 11 hits was more than enough for Carlos Carrasco to get the job done to get the team to 22-19 on the season.
Luplow had two homers, Jose Ramirez one, Roberto Perez a shot, and Jake Bauers all had homers that left the park to help the Tribe build a big lead.
It would be great to see guys like Luplow, Bauers and Perez get their bats going, and Luplow has now hit four homers against the Sox in the last week.
This offense has to be more consistent, they did K 12 times, but again it was a solid overall effort and the team took advantage of Manny Banuelos slamming him and making it a long day for the young Sox pitcher.
2. Carrasco’s Day
After a tough night on Monday for Shane Bieber, Carlos Carrasco got things right back to normal with a great seven inning outing, holding the Sox without a run.
Carrasco was just dominant, allowing six hits and striking out six, but the big news is that he didn’t get Chicago a chance with any free passes.
He threw 107 pitches, 72 strikes, and got ahead in the count plenty of times. He threw first pitch strikes to 13 of 26 batters he faced.
He’ll be back on the hill against the Orioles at home this weekend.
3. Big Homestand Coming Up
The Indians get off on Wednesday as they come home to their creature comforts, and then they are back at Progressive Field on Thursday for the first of 11 games, starting with the Baltimore Orioles.
This is a chance for this team to finally right some of the wrongs of the early part of the season, they are 3.5 back of the Twins in the AL Central, but there’s plenty of time to make up for some of the early season problems.
The team will play the O’s for four, the A’s for three, and then the Rays for four. This homestand will be a good measuring stick for this team, and anything less than seven wins in the 11 games is got to be considered a letdown.