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Pitching staff unravels in 16-7 blowout loss to Colorado

It was not the prettiest of Cactus League affairs as the Cleveland Indians' pitching staff fell victim to an offensive barrage from the Colorado Rockies. Notable performances included Tyler Naquin's three-hit afternoon and Giovanny Urshela's grand slam.

Summary

They were not playing at their hitter’s paradise known as Coors Field, but the Colorado Rockies did not need hitter-friendly conditions to post a multitude of runs on the scoreboard.

The visiting club was relentless and refused to stop piling on the offense as they beat the Cleveland Indians by a score of 16-7 on Friday afternoon from Goodyear Park in Goodyear, AZ.

Despite a three-hit day from Tyler Naquin and a grand slam off the bat of Giovanny Urshela, the Tribe pitching staff allowed 16 earned runs, 14 of which were given up by Carlos Carrasco (four runs), Boone Logan (four runs) and Joseph Colon (six runs).

Cookie crumbles

Two consecutive rocky starts for Carrasco this spring leads many to believe he is still shaking off the rust from a 164-day layoff. He allowed six hits to the 10 batters he faced en route to an early exit.

“I’m just trying to work my fastball command, I think that’s the most important,” said Carrasco to reporters. “This is my second game and one inning and a third, so I got four runs. I get into this. I just got to prepare myself for next start.”

The 29-year-old out of Barquisimeto, Venezuela has now given up nine hits and six earned runs in 2.1 innings in 2017.

Miller, Logan and Colon post uncharacteristic outings

It was a contest to forget for Andrew Miller, Logan and Colon after the Rockies raked their way to a double-digit run total in just the fourth frame.

The big blow came in the top of the fourth inning when Stephen Cardullo belted a grand slam to left field off Logan in his Indians debut. Leading up to the four-run outburst, Logan surrendered one hit and walked a pair of batters in just two-thirds of an inning.

Colon was unable to stop the bleeding in the seventh by leaving pitches over the plate to Dustin Garneau (three-run home run) and Jordan Patterson (two-run home run) in a span of just 10 minutes.

Offensive optimism

On the other side of the ball, the Tribe was able to scratch out a respectable tally with seven runs on 15 hits, just three less base knocks than Colorado.

Naquin anchored the offense with three hits out of the five-hole while Urshela plated Naquin, Yandy Diaz and Richie Shaffer on a grand slam in the home half of the fourth inning.

Coincidentally, Urshela’s four-run blast came in the same frame as Cardullo’s grand slam.

Up next

The Indians will head to HoHokam Stadium for the second time in the last five days to take on the Oakland Athletics at 3:05 PM ET on Saturday.

A pair of second-year pitchers will take the hill in Mike Clevinger and Sean Manaea.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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