CLEVELAND, Ohio - On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Indians played their second game of three against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Yesterday both teams needed extra innings for one to prevail. Eventually, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Angels by a score of 11-7 in the 11th inning.
Heading into Wednesday game the Cleveland Indians were 1.5 games ahead of the Kansas City Royals for first place in the AL Central. The Indians came in with a record of 53-45. The Angels came into the game with a record of 49-52.
Following the Indians 10-4 victory over the Angels, the Indians improved to 54-45 on the season. The Angels fall to 49-53 on the year.
Here's our three takeaways from the Indians 10-4 win.
1.) Carlos Carrasco and the Bullpen
Carlos Carrasco did not get the victory during Wednesday's game but he did provide 6 1/3 innings and earned his 13th quality start of the season which leads the team. Carrasco was tied with Corey Kluber heading into the game but now surpasses him and now has the 7th most in the American League.
Carrasco has tossed a quality start in all five of his career outings against the Angels.
Carrasco pitched 6.1 innings, gave up 6 hits, allowed 2 earned runs, struck out 5, allowed 1 homer, and hit 2 batters.
The Indians did have to go to the bullpen the day after an 11 inning game. Bryan Shaw came in for one inning and to the surprise of some fans that have been hating on the Indians relief pitcher for the whole season, has had 39 appearances not allowing an earned run.
Andrew Miller and Dan Otero came in for 1.2 innings to finish the game. Miller pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowed one hit, and one strike out. Otero allowed 2 earned runs and 4 hits in the ninth.
2.) Bradley Zimmer leads the offense early, Indians have another big inning
Bradley Zimmer sparked the Indians offensive by starting the game off with a leadoff homer. The Indians jumped to an early 1-0 lead early and did not look back but battled throughout most of the game.
Yan Gomes hit an RBI single and after the Indians were tied at 1 with the Angels the Indians took the lead back 2-1.
In the 7th inning, former Indian Luis Valbuena hit a homer to tie the game at 2. In the bottom half of the inning, Zimmer hit a two out RBI double and the Indians took the lead once again. Following the hit by Zimmer, the Angels removed their starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco from the ball game.
The Indians once again had another big inning for the third time in the past week. On last Friday the Indians erupted for 7 runs in the 7th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. In the first game of the series against the Angels, the Indians scored 7 runs in the 2nd.
In the 8th inning, the Indians sent 12 batters to the plate, had 8 hits, and scored 7 runs.
On the previous road trip, the Indians only managed to score 16 runs in 6 games. In three separate games, the Indians managed to score 7 runs in a single inning.
3.) That is Called a Winning Streak
The Indians won their sixth straight game which ties the team's longest win streak of the season that happened on June 15-19.
The Indians won six straight games and 9 out of their last 10 games at Progressive Field. The team improves to 27-24 on the season at home.
Cleveland has now secured a series win for the 17th time this season. The Indians are now a season high nine games above .500.
Many people are starting to believe that this team is getting hot at the right time and are playing how everyone has expected them to. The Indians will be facing a tough August though. All of their opponents stand at the .500 mark or above except for the Minnesota Twins as of right now.
The Indians will be looking to sweep the Angels and extend their win streak to 7 games Thursday afternoon. The Indians will be sending Trevor Bauer to the hill and will be opposed by JC Ramirez.
First pitch is scheduled to be at 12:10 PM EST.