(Sports Network) – Trevor Bauer aims to duplicate his marvelous first outing
on Wednesday when the Cleveland Indians try to avoid a dubious distinction in
the finale of their brief two-game series with the Chicago White Sox.
Bauer held the Houston Astros without a hit before leaving after 111 pitches
in the sixth inning. The 24-year-old righty did strikeout a career-best 11
batters, but also walked five.
Cleveland’s bullpen came within two outs of completing the no-no, but closer
Nick Hagadone served up a home run to Jed Lowrie.
“Any time you have a no-hitter going, it’s fun,” Bauer said. “There’s a
special air in the building. Obviously, it’s unfortunate to see the home run,
but the team won, and at the end of the day, that’s what matters. We took two
out of three in the series and head home on a good note.”
Chicago, meanwhile, will rely on lefty John Danks, who was awful his first
time out. Danks allowed four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 4-1
loss at Kansas City on Thursday.
In four starts against the Indians last season Danks was 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA..
Chicago won again on Tuesday, as Jose Abreu homered to help the White Sox take
a 4-1 decision. Adam LaRoche, Avisail Garcia and Tyler Flowers each knocked in
a run for Chicago, which has three in a row since an 0-4 start to the season.
Jose Quintana (1-0) recovered from a tough outing in his first start of the
year at Kansas City, yielding one unearned run on three hits with six
strikeouts over six innings.
“Every time when I go out there I try to get a win,” Quintana said. “I’m happy
with this outing, and tomorrow I’ll prepare for my next start.”
The White Sox scored two runs in the first inning and knocked Cleveland
starter Carlos Carrasco (1-1) out of the game when a line drive off the bat of
Melky Cabrera hit him in the face.
After a leadoff single by Adam Eaton, Cabrera ripped a liner up the middle
that appeared to partially hit Carrasco’s hand and glove before striking his
face. Carrasco collapsed face-down at the front of the mound and remained
there before sitting up and getting carted off the field.
“He went through all the tests… and there is no fracture. It is a contusion
to a bruise to the jaw. And a pretty good one,” Cleveland manger Terry
Francona said of Carrasco’s injury. “Obviously, we have to check him in the
morning. But in the big picture, we probably dodged a bullet.”
Carrasco was charged with the loss, the Tribe’s fourth in a row.
No Indians team has started 0-5 at home since the Cleveland Broncos in 1902.
Cleveland won 10 of its 19 matchups with the White Sox in 2014, including
seven of the last nine. The Tribe had been 17-2 versus Chicago the previous
As has been tradition each April 15 since 2009, Major League Baseball will
celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing
No. 42 during that day’s games, including the Civil Rights Game at Dodger