Blue Jays unable to score until fifth during 7-2 defeat
Carlos Carrasco became one of the first Cleveland pitchers since 1908 to strike out 12 over five innings, as the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2.
Carrasco was powerful on Saturday, only one week after performing poorly during his first start of the campaign. The Blue Jays were held scoreless until the fifth as the right-hander completed his 23rd double-figure strikeout game.
Randal Grichuk recorded an RBI double, while Freddy Galvis hit a one-out homer. Carrasco managed to strike out Rowdy Tellez with his 90th and final pitch of the game.
Jake Bauers’ two-run single with the bases full was the critical hit in the third and put Cleveland on course to score three times. Roberto Perez, Hanley Ramirez, and Carlos Santana also recorded runs.
Thomas Pannone struck out for six and allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said: “We’re 3-7 but we’ve had probably two bad games and this one was one of those.
“(Starter Thomas) Pannone never really had it, and we were down early and struggling offensively so (when that happens being down) four runs feels like 20.”
The Indians have now won three straight games, and are 4-1 in their opening home games. Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was watching the action from a suite and got the crowd chanting, as a pre-recorded “Let’s Go Tribe” chant was shown midway through the game to fans’ that were in attendance. Before later on the fans’ began to chant the NFL stars name.
Another big roar went around the stadium when a spectator ran on the field to delay the game. However, as the fans ran across the field, he was quickly surrounded by the security guards. The pitch invader attempted to run away but was eventually caught and escorted away from the stadium.
“It’s hard, but we try to stay positive,” said Teoscar Hernandez, who had a pair of hits on Saturday. “We’ve got to continue battling.
“Obviously we have a lot of young talent in here. But it’s part of the game, but we’re going to figure it out and continue to play the game.
The Blue Jays had been held to two runs or fewer in their last seven of ten fixtures this season. This includes all three in this current series against the Indians. Meanwhile, Trevor Bauer pitched seven hitless innings on Thursday, while Shane Bieber allowed two runs in six innings on Friday.
Santana had an RBI single during the first. He was the star of the show on Friday as the Blue Jays were defeated 3-2 by the Indians.
Rookie shortstop Eric Stamets double led off the third. Because of this, it was the first major league hit of his career. Previously, he was 0 for 16 to begin his career. Bauers had a single, but before this Ramirez drew a bases-loaded walk.
Justin Smoak returned to the lineup after being a late scratch from the games on Thursday and Friday. He had a first-inning double in five at-bats.
Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman takes the stand in the four-game series finale. Meanwhile, Indians Mike Clevinger struck out to a career-high 12 throughout seven innings during a no-decision against the Chicago White Sox in April.