Goodyear, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Carlos Carrasco boosted his bid for the fifth spot in the rotation, pitching six impressive innings as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 8-3, Monday at Goodyear Ballpark.
Carrasco (3-1) limited the Reds to three runs on nine hits, ending his stint with five strikeouts and no walks. His performance was a considerable improvement from his last start when he allowed eight runs (five earned) in only 2 2/3 innings of a loss to the A’s.
“I’m just doing my job; they’ve seen everything,” said Carrasco. “The only thing I care about is my job, just doing that. Right now, my mind is on the starting rotation. If they make another decision to send me to the bullpen, I’ll do my job. But right now, it’s rotation.”
With one week until the season opener, the Indians are down to Carrasco and Josh Tomlin for the final spot.
Lonnie Chisenhall, Ryan Raburn and Jason Kipnis helped Carrasco’s cause by hitting long balls as the Indians improved to 17-7.
Alfredo Simon (1-3) absorbed the loss after he was charged with four runs – three earned – on six hits in five frames, during which he struck out three and walked one.
After being told that he would be on the Opening Day roster, Chisenhall responded with a solo home run off Simon in the second inning. In the third, Raburn pushed the Indians to a 3-0 lead by drilling a two-run shot to left field.
The Reds first broke through against Carrasco in the fourth inning, when Joey Votto singled and later crossed the plate on a base hit from Ludwick.
Kipnis added a three-run homer to right field off Reds reliever J.J. Hoover in the sixth inning for a 7-1 lead.
However, Cincinnati came through with two more runs in the sixth from RBI doubles by Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart to trim the gap to 7-3.