Carrasco exits with left knee injury, Marlins beat Indians 3-1

The Indians are 12-10 this season

James Rapien
April 23, 2019 - 8:53 pm
Apr 23, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (middle) talks with starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) after Carrasco was involved in a collision at first base in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Progressive Fie

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians' injury issues continued on Tuesday night when Carlos Carrasco left the game with left knee discomfort. His departure opened the door for the Marlins, who beat the Indians 3-1. 

Carrasco retired the first nine batters he faced, allowing two hits in four innings. He fell on his left knee while covering first base on a Neil Walker groundout. Miami took advantage of Carrasco's departure, scoring three runs in the fifth inning. 

Cleveland can't afford to have another starting pitcher miss significant time with an injury. Mike Clevinger is expected to be out for months with a serious back strain. Losing Carrasco would be devastating for a team that was finally getting some of its' key position players back on the field. 

The Indians didn't get a hit until the sixth inning, when Jose Ramirez singled. Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to six games in the seventh inning. He has a hit in each of his first six games with the Indians. Gonzalez would score the Indians' only run of the game later in the inning.

"He's been very good," manager Terry Francona said on Sunday. "You can tell he knows his way around the field. He's got a little prescence to him too, actually a lot of prescence to him – he's going to be really good for us."

Francisco Lindor, Leonys Martin and Ramirez combined to go 1-for-12 (.083). It's nearly impossible to produce runs with any consistency when the top of the lineup isn't producing.

The Indians fall to 12-10 on the season and are two games behind Minnesota (13-7) for first place in the American League Central Division.

Bright Spot – Adam Cimber rebounded from his struggles on Saturday night. He didn't allow a hit and finished with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings. He has three walks on the season and all of them came in Saturday's loss to Atlanta. Cimber bouncing back is a big deal for this team.

Up Next – Jefry Rodriguez will start for the Indians tomorrow. They will make a roster move beforehand so they can add him to the 25-man roster. Sandy Alcantara is on the mound for the Marlins. Rodriguez, 25, allowed two runs in 5.2 innings in his first start of the season on April 13. 

"He threw strikes," Francona said when asked about Rodriguez. "He really wasn't afraid to attack the strike zone. I thought he did a really good job."