6/16 Recap: Bauer’s Confounding Curve Curses Angels

Roster Update: The Indians finally made a decision on Zach McAllister and sent T.J. House back to Columbus to free up the spot in the rotation. McAllister has not been activated yet, however with three days until his scheduled start. Instead, Mark Lowe will make what looks to be a very short return with the Indians.

Player of the Game
For the second night in a row, the Indians closer won the Player of the Game, but it was not Cody Allen tonight. Carlos Carrasco picked up his first career save as he was used for the last 2.1 innings. Carrasco struck out four and allowed just two base runners, one of which was caught out in a strike out-throw out double play. Carrasco struck out both his first and last batters faced, ending the game with a swinging K of Josh Hamilton.  His final POG score was better than any game he started this season.

Feathers Up
It was announced today that Michael Brantley won the Player of the Week in the American League for the second week in June. Brantley batted .538 with nine runs scored and two home runs. Both he and Lonnie Chisenhall made strong bids for the award in a single game when the Indians scored 17 against Texas.

Trevor Bauer did a great job of persevering tonight, despite not having great control or great stuff. While his curveball was still great, his fastball was below average and lead to a season high four walks and eight hits in 6.2 innings. Even with all those base runners, Bauer limited the damage with well timed strike outs and clutch at bats. With the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth, Bauer got Albert Pujols to ground out to end the inning. In the fifth it was Chris Ianetta (who had hits in his first two at bats), who struck out with runners at second and third. Bauer beat Pujols again in the sixth, striking him out looking on a tremendous curve ball with a runner on first. Most impressively, the Indians needed a strong start with their bullpen depleted and Bauer was able to throw 119 pitches while allowing just three runs.

The Indians returned today and returned to power as well with Asdrubal Cabrera starting things off with a two run home run in the first, over a wall somewhat smaller than the Green Monster in left. Carlos Santana, DHing for the first time since Nick Swisher’s return from the DL hit a solo shot as well, giving the Indians the 4-3 lead that would be the final score.

Feathers Down
Wchael Brantley was removed from the game after the fourth inning with an undisclosed injury. It looked as if John McDonald’s knee may have hit his head on a slide into second in the bottom of the third, then he was acting oddly in the outfield in the top of the next inning. He was replaced by Mike Aviles in left field.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3

On Deck: Bring you bulldog to the ballpark for Puppypalooza as Matt Shoemaker makes his first start against the Indians, taking on Josh Tomlin.

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