Indians get off to quick start, beat Blue Jays 7-2

The Indians are 5-3 this season

James Rapien
April 06, 2019 - 7:31 pm
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (41) celebrates after hitting an RBI single in the first inning beside Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez (44) at Progressive Field.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians got off to a quick start and didn't look back in a 7-2 win over Toronto on Saturday afternoon. Cleveland has won the first three games of this four game series.

The Indians got off to a quick start. Greg Allen hit a leadoff double and Carlos Santana singled with two outs to make it 1-0 in the first. The Tribe scored three more in the third inning. Eric Stamets hit a double off of the left field wall for his first Major League hit. Hanley Ramirez drew a walk later in the inning to plate Stamets and then Jake Bauers hit a two-RBI single to give the Indians a 4-0 lead. 

Toronto starter Thomas Pannone only lasted 2.2 innings, allowing four runs and five hits. Carlos Carrasco was much better for the Tribe. He pitched five innings, allowing six hits and two runs. Carrasco finished with 12 strikeouts. It's the most strikeouts by an Indians' pitcher in five innings or less dating back to 1908. It's the 23rd time he's finished with 10 or more strikeouts in his career. 

Freddy Galvis got the Blue Jays on the board with a solo home run in the fifth. The Tribe responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. 

The Indians are 5-3 on the season and have managed to stay afloat, despite playing without their starting middle infielders. Francisco Lindor was got some work in prior to the game. Jason Kipnis is in Columbus, making his second minor-league start. He hopes to join the Indians on their upcoming roadtrip. 

QB1 was at The Jake – Baker Mayfield was in attendance on Saturday. The Browns quarterback continues to get the City of Cleveland to fall in love with him even more. 

Fans started chanting "Baker Mayfield" in the seventh inning. Cleveland sure loves its' quarterback. 

Ramirez is Fine – Jose Ramirez finished 2-for-5 with a double, two stolen bases and a run scored. He's off to a slow start this season, but he looked like his normal self on Saturday, which is a great sign for the Indians. They'll need him to play at a high level on the road. 

The Power of Youth – The Indians' youngsters showed flashes on Saturday. Allen's leadoff double helped set the tone early in the game. Stamets and Bauers came through with big hits and it helped the Tribe score the most runs they've scored all season. Bauers also had a great diving catch in the seventh inning, as he continues to get more comfortable in the outfield.

Francona will probably continue to tweak the lineup with so many injuries and moving parts. 

Up Next – Mike Clevinger is on the mound tomorrow, as the Indians look for the four-game sweep of the Blue Jays. He'll go up against Marcus Stroman.