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He’s healthy and the Cleveland Indians seem to be getting better and better.
Carrasco returned from the disabled list – and returned to the win column – as Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion drove in three
runs apiece, leading the Indians to their fifth straight victory, 10-4 over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
Making his first start since getting smacked with a line drive hit by Minnesota’s Joe Mauer on June 16, Carrasco (9-5) shook off two homers
measuring over 900 combined feet in the first two innings. The right-hander struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings and showed minimal rust despite the
”He gave up a couple of home runs,” said shortstop Francisco Lindor, who stole home and scored three times. ”But, he
settled down. He started making pitches. He started attacking guys. Throwing that curveball for a strike. He’s one of the best.
He’s very successful when he’s doing those things. I’m glad he’s back.”
The AL Central-leading Indians have won eight straight home games. They improved to an MLB-best 56-21 at Progressive Field since the All-Star break
Matt Olson and Dustin Fowler connected against Carrasco, but A’s couldn’t match Cleveland’s firepower and lost for just
the second time in 10 games since June 25.
”They’re a hot-hitting team and when they get on a roll, a lot of good things happen,” A’s manager Bob Melvin
said. ”Not only do they hit, they put pressure on you on the bases, as well. That’s why they’re as good as they
Carrasco’s comeback didn’t start ideally as he was quickly in a 2-0 hole.
Fowler connected on his fourth pitch, driving it 467 feet into the lower seats in right for his sixth homer this season and first of his career
leading off a game.
Olson opened the second inning with a 438-foot homer into the shrubs in center field
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career games – the fifth-fastest pace in MLB history. Only Rudy York (51), Mark McGwire (49), Gary Sanchez (48) and Ryan Braun (47) have
been more prodigious out of the gate than Olson.
But while he struggled to locate his fastball, Carrasco used his curve to keep the A’s off-balance.
Carrasco admitted being a little jittery on a ball hit toward him, but he’s now convinced the time off could help him in the long run.
”You don’t want to go to the DL, miss a couple weeks in there, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be worth
it,” he said. ”From now to the last game of the season, I’m just going to go every five days, take care of myself, then
we’ll see in the end.”
Oakland closed to 6-4 in the seventh and had the bases loaded with two out. But Neil Ramirez struck out A’s cleanup hitter Khris Davis to
end the threat.
The Indians then put it away with four runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Lindor swiping home on the back end of a double steal. With one out
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Jonathan’s Lucroy’s throw to go through before taking off and scoring with a headfirst slide.
”As soon as I become a runner, I’m trying to score,” Lindor said. ”As soon as I saw him (Lucroy) stand up and
see the ball’s rotation, I just took off.”
Carrasco’s season nearly took a dramatic turn for the worst when he was struck by Mauer’s wicked comebacker. Luckily, he escaped
with just a bad bruise and manager Terry Francona felt fortunate to have his No. 2 starter back.
”When I saw him, my eyes lit up,” Francona said before the game. ”He’s one of our mainstays.”
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Encarnacion ignored third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh’s signal to stop and scored on Jason Kipnis‘ RBI single in the second.
It was his only option.
”I was coming hot,” the slugger said with a smile. ”Too late, I couldn’t stop.”
The Indians have scored 10 or more runs an AL-high 11 times this season.
Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (strained shoulder) threw a pregame bullpen session and could be activated this weekend. The 30-year-old has been on the
disabled list since May 19.
Indians: Francona said OF Lonnie Chisenhall will miss ”considerable time” with his strained left calf. He was placed on the
disabled list Tuesday in Kansas City. Francona said the club should have a better sense of how long Chisenhall will be out once he is seen by team
Corey Kluber, who is 7-1 with a 1.60 ERA at home, tries to become the first Cleveland pitcher to win 13 games before the All-Star break since Gaylord
Perry (15) in 1974. Oakland’s Edwin Jackson pitched into the seventh and beat the Indians on June 30.
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, Chase Anderson is reverting to the form that led to a breakout season a year ago.
The Milwaukee Brewers‘ right-hander returns to action Sunday afternoon to wrap up a three-game weekend series against the Philadelphia
Phillies at Miller Park fresh off his best outing since opening day.
In Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs, he allowed a hit and walked two in seven innings. He struck out six and earned his first win
since May 21.
“It was Chase getting back to what we saw last year,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said “You could tell right away
that his fastball, specifically, had a different gear tonight. Just by the hitters’ swings.”
Anderson went 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts a year ago, cementing his spot in Milwaukee’s rotation. Counsell tabbed the 30-year old to
start the season opener and Anderson (5-5, 4.13 ERA this season) answered the call with six shutout innings against the San Diego Padres.
He’s been up and down since, posting a 5.03 ERA over 11 starts — with a two-week stint on the disabled list for illness mixed in
— between Opening Day and Tuesday.
“My arm has been feeling pretty good overall,” Anderson said after facing Chicago. “Tonight, was the best I felt since I
came back off the DL. It’s good to know that it’s still in the tank.”
Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola also comes into the game after a strong showing his last time out. Nola allowed one run and struck out 10 over 6 2/3
innings in Philadelphia’s 5-4 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Nola (8-2, 2.27 ERA) is making a case to represent the Phillies in the All-Star Game next month, going 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA over his last 10 starts.
He’s held opponents to a run or fewer in six of those outings and has allowed more than three runs once while striking out 75 batters with
only 13 walks in 66 2/3 innings.
“He was exactly what we expected him to be, a guy who we can rely on
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said. “He’s a special kind of competitor.”
The Phillies will attempt to win their second straight series after losing seven of eight games. Philadelphia evened the series with a 4-1 victory
despite striking out 14 times, stranding a season-high 15 runners and going 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Rhys Hoskins hit a 431-foot homer and recorded three hits. He is 9-for-25 in seven games since returning from a broken jaw.
“Obviously, he set the tone with the big home run to left field,” Kapler said. “It is incredibly important for us to
have him swinging the bat like he is.”
Milwaukee has scored at least 12 runs in three of its five meetings with the Phillies this season but has yet to face Nola, who’s 3-0 with a
1.38 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers. Nola also is 1-0 mark with a 2.08 ERA in two starts in Milwaukee.
Anderson, meanwhile, hasn’t enjoyed the same success facing Philadelphia. In four career starts, he’s 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA.
Sunday will mark Anderson’s first appearance against the Phillies since June 2, 2016 when he allowed a run on three hits while striking out
six over 5 2/3 innings in a 4-1 Brewers victory at Citizens Bank Park.
A victory in the finale would give Milwaukee its third consecutive series victory and 15th of the season.