3 Up 3 Down: Game 2

Drew Thirion

The Tribe survived the Mariner onslaught yesterday in a tough 6-5 win, so I’m here to give three positives and three negatives of this past game.

Carlos Carrasco was handed the ball today, and Cookie crumbled. Unfortunately, Carlos did not look all that great. Although the first 5 batters looked clueless at the plate, once Seattle’s Mitch Haniger knocked an elevated slider out of the park, it was down hill for Cookie. Carrasco went 5.2 Innings and gave up five runs on a very tough first start.

Image: (Ted S. Warren, Associated Press)

The Indians starting pitching is talented, but inconsistent; however, the bullpen is always fantastic. We got our first look at the pen tonight and they shut the door. Zach McAllister flew through his inning of work, Andrew Miller dominated his 1.1 innings, and Cody Allen made the top of the Mariners order look absolutely silly. Expect more of this from our Relievers.

Lonnie Chisenhall and Rajai Davis both had very solid games: each of them had a hit, Davis drew a walk, and the both held down their corners of the outfield. I don’t think anyone will complain if they both play like this, but, Center Field still needs to be solved. Brandon Guyer started the game and went 0-2 at the plate, and almost caused an error due to miscommunication in the outfield. Bradley Zimmer came into the game to pinch hit for Guyer, and he also went 0-2 and made one of the worst errors I’ve ever seen on defense. Zimmer started struggling before he broke his hand last season and he doesn’t look too great right now. Please Brantley, come back soon!

Image: (Ted S. Warren, Associated Press)

Cleveland’s big three (Lindor, Ramirez, and Encarnacion) really need to pick it up. They all proved their stardom, so they’re not too big of a worry. If Tito’s role players keep hitting, the Indians are unstoppable. Newcomer, Yonder Alonso, had a great game going 1-2 with 2 walks, and a Grand Slam. Alonso is really filling the gap that Santana left with his departure to Philadelphia, except he doesn’t ground into a double play every time runners are on base. Yan Gomes also hit a two run bomb to Center Field, extending a lead that would never be surpassed.

No matter what sport your playing, getting the first win is great for morale, so today was a fantastic day in Cleveland!

Next Game: 4/1 vs Seattle. Trevor Bauer (0-0) vs Mike Leake (0-0)

Indians Record: 1-1

As Always , GO TRIBE

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Author: Drew Thirion
Founder of On The Lake Sports. Follow me on social media platforms @drew_thirion

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