Indians advance to 49-57
It is difficult to call a game that went 11 innings straight without a score a "wild one," but the amount of incompetence from both offenses made this three-hour nightmare almost exciting. Carlos Carrasco spun an excellent one-hit, nine-inning shutout, but it still was not enough to warrant him a decision as the Cleveland Indians offense was equally as shut down by the Los Angeles Angels staff.
It felt tougher watching the Indians struggle, but on all accounts, the Angels offense looked worse. Part of it was Carrasco absolutely shutting them down. The Tribe starter (ace?) struck out seven batters and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. In true 2015 fashion, it was a former Indian – this time David Murphy – that broke up a Carrasco no-no with a single to center field. Other than that, Carrasco had seemingly everything working, with his low and inside breaking ball acting as the kill switch for every lefty batter in the Angels lineup.
Even after Carrasco was pulled prior to the 10th with 100 pitches under his belt, the Tribe bullpen continued to shut down the Angels offense. Bryan Shaw initially came in to lock down the 10th inning, and Cody Allen finished off the game in the 12th with a perfect frame. Only Zach McAllister allowed a hit in extra innings, with Johnny Giavotella singling on a ball in the 11th that could have easily been called an error on Jose Ramirez as it could a hit.
While the Indians offense did look atrocious, full credit to Angels starter Matt Shoemaker for making them look even sillier with 10 strikeouts of his own and only five hits scattered over six innings. The Angels bullpen was knocked around a bit. In particular Jose Alvarez gave up three hits including what would eventually be one of the game’s winning runs.
Finally, at a little past 1:30 a.m. EST, Giovanny Urshela hit a home run off Cam Bedrosian to put the Tribe up 2-0. Monstro’s go-ahead homer served as redemption for a major base-running blunder earlier in the game when he ran to third on a groundball weakly hit to shorstop. Had he stayed at second, there was a decent chance that there could have been a runner on first and second with only one out, but with his mistake he was thrown out easily at third.
Even Michael Brantley is not perfect, and he proved it by taking a bit too long admiring his own near home run early on in the game. Brantley hit a ball that looked like a home run off his bat, but ended up hitting just below the yellow line in deep right field. Like the rest of us, Smooth decided to watch the ball instead of run full speed down to first base and he ended up caught slowly jogging around first and easily thrown out at second. On a similarly hit ball in the sixth inning, Brantley flew down the line from the moment he hit the ball so at least he knew he screwed up by the looks of it.
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