Blue Jays vs. Indians Game Recap - Apr. 6, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, April 6, 2019
CLEVELAND _ José Ramírez recorded two hits and scored two runs to help lead the Cleveland Indians over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 in Cleveland on Saturday afternoon.
Carlos Santana added two hits with a run and an RBI of his own in front of 18,249 fans. His RBI single in the first inning pushed his hitting streak to seven games on the young season.
Freddy Galvis provided the offensive spark for Toronto once again, hitting a solo home run and a single. He batted leadoff, becoming the fifth different player to do so for Toronto this year.
Carlos Carrasco (1-1) started for the Indians and went five innings. He picked up the win with two earned runs allowed on six hits and one walk, with 12 strikeouts recorded on 90 pitches.
Thomas Pannone (0-2) was the starter for the visiting Blue Jays, and he was roughed up in this one. Pannone went 2 and 2/3rd innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Six of his eight outs recorded were by strikeout.
This was the third consecutive win for the Indians and pushed their record to 4-4.
Toronto dropped to 3-7 with the loss, and they have now lost five of their last six contests.
Again the Jays created drama in the ninth inning; though down five at the time they put runners on the corners with only one out. Jon Edwards was able to strike out Teoscar Hernández and induce a flyout to Justin Smoak to preserve the win.
Greg Allen led off the bottom of the first with a double down the left field line. Santana hit a hard grounder to left field, which scored the first run of the game.
In the bottom of the third Pannone ran into trouble with his command, as a bases loaded walk to Hanley Ramírez pushed in the second run of the game for the Indians. That walk scored Eric Stamets, who recorded his first career hit with a double to lead off the inning.
Jake Bauers followed Hanley Ramírez with a two-run single to centre field that gave the Indians a 4-0 lead, which ended Pannone's game and gave them a lead they would not concede.
Young Jays pitcher Elvis Luciano induced a routine fly ball off the bat of Max Moroff to end the threat in relief of Pannone. Luciano continued the encouraging start to his Major League career by retiring the Indians in order in the fourth inning.
In the fifth inning, he ran into his first professional trouble. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out, and a wild pitch scored the fifth run of the day for Cleveland.
Sam Gavigilio relieved Luciano with one out in the inning and runners on second and third and promptly allowed another run on a fielder's choice groundball hit by Roberto Perez, which restored a four-run lead for the Indians.
Freddy Galvis hit a home run to right field with one out in the top of the fifth to put the Jays on the board. A Hernández liner to right for a single was followed by a two-out double off the left field wall for Randal Grichuk to score another.
The Indians scored their seventh run of the game in the sixth inning when Jansen threw over the third baseman's head on a steal attempt from second by Jose Ramírez. He scored when the ball rolled into the outfield. A review on a play at first base was required to get Gaviglio out of the inning. Bauers was initially ruled safe, which loaded the bases, but Montoyo challenged and the call was overturned.
After entering in the sixth inning the Indians bullpen shut down the Blue Jays bats completely; Otero, Tyler Olson, Adam Cimber and Edwards combined to throw three shutout innings with four hits surrendered and two strikeouts.
Cleveland looks for a sweep in tomorrow's series finale against Toronto and they will send Mike Clevinger to the mound.
Toronto will counter with Marcus Stroman, who is 0-1 in two starts despite a very good 1.42 ERA.