Carlos Carrasco was a winner Saturday pitching from the stretch and the effort was good enough to retire 15 Orioles in a row at one point, as the Indians cruised to a 6-0 win, to guarantee a series win against AL East leading Baltimore.
The Indians have held their opponents to two or fewer runs in six straight games, which is the longest stretch for the franchise since 1991. In those six contests, the Tribe has allowed just four runs.
Carrasco matched Corey Kluber‘s stellar Friday outing by relying on his four-seam fastball, a pitch he threw more than 50 percent of the time, according to Brooks Baseball. His top secondary weapon was his slider, which he tossed 19 percent of the time.
Carrasco, who ended the game with five strikeouts while only surrendering three hits, got opposing batters to swing and miss approximately 66 percent of the time he threw the slider. His change up was also confusing batters, totaling a 66 percent whiff rate. Carrasco got considerable bang for his buck with the change, considering he only threw it nine percent of the time.
Carrasco improved to 5-4, but won just his second game as a starter. He opened the season in the rotation, was thrown into the bullpen after struggling through four starts in which he allowed 17 earned runs in 22 innings.
He improved his stock in a relief role, posting a 2.30 ERA in 43 innings of work.