Game Of The Week: Indians Power Past Marlins 6-2 In Series Opener
- Updated: September 3, 2016
The Miami Marlins and Cleveland Indians opened up their three day interleague series on Friday night at Progressive Field.
It was a duel of the right-handers as Andrew Cashner took the start for the Marlins as Carlos Carrasco took the mound for the Indians.
Cashner struggled right away as the Indians were able to take an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. It all start when Mike Napoli walked with bases loaded to send home Carlos Santana and put Cleveland on the board. Jose Ramirez knocked in the second run when he grounded into a force out sending home Jason Kipnis. Lonnie Chisenhall then grounded out to first to send Francisco Lindor home for the Indians’ early three run lead.
In the bottom of the second Carlos Santana hit a sac fly to right field to send home Tyler Naquin for a 4-0 Indians’ lead.
As the Marlins continued to get any offense going, the Indians were able to get two more runs on the board as Abe Almonte hit a two run double in the bottom of the fifth allowing Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall to score for a 6-0 lead.
That would be enough to end Cashner’s night as his recent struggles since joining the Marlins continue. He worked just five innings allowing six runs on six hits; walking six and striking out six.
Carrasco was able to go seven and one-third shutout innings allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out an impressive eleven batters. This was a good start to the month of September for the twenty-nine year-old as he looks to bounce back after a rough month on the mound in August.
RHP Jeff Manship took over pitching duties for the Indians on relief of Carrasco. The Marlins were finally able to get on the board in the top of the 8th with Martin Pardo on base, J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run homer on a fly ball to left off of Manship to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
Cashner is still without a win since being acquired by Miami and falls to 4-11 with this loss; Carrasco advances to 10-7 on the season.
Martin Prado: 2 for 4; R
J.T. Realmuto: 3 for 4; HR; 2 RBIs
Destin Hood: 2 for 4
Francisco Lindor: 2 for 5
Abe Almonte: 2 for 4; 2 RBIs
Tyler Naquin: 2 for 4; R
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