4/5 Game Recap: Indians 2 – Rays 2

Roster Moves: In what looks to be the last pitching rotation announcement for awhile, the Indians have stated that Carlos Carrasco will be entered into the rotation between Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers next time around as expected. This means Trevor Bauer will make just a single start before being sent back down, possibly for Jason Giambi who is due to join the team next week.

Player of the Game

With two innings of almost perfect baseball, Bryan Shaw takes home the first Player of the Game for a relief pitcher in 2013. As often happens in scoreless games, there were no outstanding hitters and starting pitcher Zach McAllister wasn't quite up to par. Shaw's final score was 2.50.

Feathers Up

Michael Bourne has quickly become one of the Indians hottest hitters and he continued his streak tonight. He has a hit in every game and tonight went 2-4 with a double and a single. The two hits were the only ones by an Indians hitter all night.

Bryan Shaw pitched his second solid outing of relief tonight, but was aided by a great throw for an outfield assist by Michael Brantley after the catcher, Jose Lobaton had singled. It was the Indians first assist of the season and came on a strong throw. Playing in left field will likely aid Brantley in this ability as the distances thrown are often shorter than in center. So far, Shaw, Vinnie Pestano, Joe Smith and Rich Hill have combined for 7.2 innings of shut-out baseball.

Feathers Down

Zach McAllister pitched well tonight, but unlike the Indians other starters this year, had no problems with his command. McAllister's biggest issue was giving up hits on pitcher's counts, especially in the fourth inning when a combination of Rays singles and doubles lead to the first two runs of the game.

A Mike Aviles error lead to two unearned runs, giving the Rays, and Matt Moore, a four run lead. That was far more than he actually needed however as Moore was lights out, striking out eight batters while allowing just four base runners in six innings.

With the shut out and the loss, the Indians lose the ground they gained to start the season and are now back at .500, 2-2.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 0 – Tampa Bay Rays 4

Joseph Coblitz

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Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since its inception in 2011. He also writes for The Outside Corner and the Comeback and hosts the Tribe Time Now podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. Follow on twitter @BurningRiverBB