Carrasco struggles in Indians' 9-3 loss to Twins

The Indians are 1-2 this season

James Rapien
March 31, 2019 - 4:53 pm
Mar 31, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) throws a pitch in the bottom of the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Carlos Carrasco allowed six runs in 4.1 innings and the Twins beat the Indians 9-3 on Sunday.

Minnesota scored five runs in the fifth inning, which gave them an 8-0 lead and propelled them to their second win of the season. The Indians fall to 1-2 on the year.

Carrasco struggled in his first start of the year, allowing 10 hits and one walk.

The Indians' bats weren't much better. They finished with six hits on the day. Their three runs scored was their highest total of the season, but they didn't get on the board until the eighth inning. 

There was plenty of concern about the Indians' lineup entering the year and they did nothing but add to it in their first series of the season. 

The Real Slamtana – Carlos Santana was one of the only bright spots on Sunday, finishing with four hits, including a three-RBI double. Kissing Terry Francona's head must've paid off for the veteran.

Santana, 32, was ecstatic when the Indians traded for him this offseason. They're hoping he can help replace Edwin Encarnacion in the heart of the lineup. It's a long season, but the veteran is off to a good start. 

Bieber in the Pen – Shane Bieber allowed two hits and one run in two innings of work. Francona said the 23-year-old was available prior to the game. Bieber is expected to get his first start of the season on April 7 against Toronto.

Up Next – The Indians play the Chicago White Sox tomorrow afternoon in the home opener. Mike Clevinger will get his first start of the season, going up against Ivan Nova.