Indians 4, Blue Jays 1
Indians improve to 48-30!!!
It’s so Cleveland of us to think "when will it end"?
Well folks, not tonight. Carlos Carrasco was amazing and a couple solo home runs were enough, as the Indians won for the 13th time in a row. Those 13 wins ties a franchise record and is the longest for any American League team since 2002.
Carrasco was the star of the night. The right-hander wowed again with his plus-plus stuff, striking out 14 Blue Jays and allowing just three hits over 7 1/3 innings. Carrasco did a fantastic job of keeping Toronto on their heels, pitching backwards often and showcasing his off-speed stuff. He threw 55 fastballs, but complemented that with 38 changeups (wow) and 16 curveballs. What a treat it is to have Carrasco signed through 2020.
The Blue Jays starter, R.A. Dickey, was not bad at all, but as has been his fate often this year, gave up some important home runs. Both Rajai Davis and Jason Kipnis hit solo home runs for the Tribe, giving the Tribe an early lead. Davis’ blast was off the normal R.A. Dickey knuckleball, while Kipnis squared up a "slow" fastball for his homer.
There were a few tense moments late, as everybody’s favorite late inning reliever, Bryan Shaw, had to work out of a jam in the 8th inning. With two runners on and pretty much everybody in Cleveland cursing Terry Francona, Shaw struck out Devon Travis on a nasty 94 mph two-seam fastball to end the threat.
Kipnis and Davis both finished with two hits, along with Jose Ramirez, who also added an RBI single in the 6th.
The fun continues tomorrow night, as the Tribe turns to Josh Tomlin to keep this amazing streak going. Tomlin is 9-1 on the year and has been fantastic in June, with 19 strikeouts and just two walks in 34 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays will counter with young right-hander Marcus Stroman. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 PM ET due to it being Canada Day up North. Let’s Go Tribe!