Bullpen Depth Aids Indians Win Over Rays

  • 5/15/2017 11:57:13 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

 CLEVELAND, OH- Monday's series opener between the Indians and Rays was supposed to be a pitchers duel between Carlos Carrasco (4-2, 1.86 ERA) and Chris Archer (3-1, 3.04 ERA), but would turn into an 8-7 slugfest with the Tribe on top.

Cleveland hasn't been very good at Progressive Field this season, improving to 8-8 with the victory, but the bullpen has been phenomenal regardless of where they've played. Carrasco would be forced to leave the game after just 3 2/3 innings with tightness in his pectoral muscle, so the pen would have to carry the load the rest of the way. 

A big 5 run 1st inning helped the Indians get an early lead, but Carrasco would also give up 5 earned runs before departing the game. Nick Goody, Boone Logan, Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen would then enter the contest in that order, allowing just 5 hits the rest of the way. 

Cleveland manager Terry Francona applauded his bullpen's effort after the win, saying, "It's a lot to ask, you know, you come in that early but Goody's been terrific, Shaw, they kind of pick each other up. You get a couple base runners but there's another guy waiting."

The 20-17 Indians will square off Tues night against the Rays (19-22) in a matchup between starters Danny Salazar (2-3, 5.20 ERA) and Jake Odorizzi (2-2, 2.61 ERA) 

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