Tribe trifecta thwarts Tampa, achieves MLB first
Cleveland Indians pitching has been nothing short of exceptional in the first three games of a four-game road set against the Tampa Bay Rays.
After a sweep at the hands of the Orioles over the weekend, rookie Cody Anderson turned the tide for the Tribe in his second major-league start.
FINAL: the @Indians defeat the Rays 7-1 Cody Anderson: 8IP 2H 1ER 0BB 2K Jason Kipnis: 3-4 RBI 2R BB pic.twitter.com/pPBWi4w4fq— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 30, 2015
A night later, Danny Salazar followed in fine fashion.
FINAL: the @Indians defeat the Rays 6-2 Danny Salazar: 7 2/3IP 2H 2R 1ER 2BB 2K Jason Kipnis: solo HR pic.twitter.com/NvFTayDbAc— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 1, 2015
Then Wednesday night, it was Carrasco who came tantalizingly close to a no-hitter.
CARLOS CARRASCO! FINAL: @Indians defeat Rays 8-1 behind Carrasco's gem, near no-no. Carrasco: 8 2/3IP 1H 1ER 2BB 13K pic.twitter.com/3nBpjvm4Tn— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 2, 2015
The Anderson-Salazar-Carrasco trio wasn't just good the past three nights -- it was also historic.
.@Indians are 1st team in expansion era (since 1961) with 5 perfect innings in 3 straight starts. (via @EliasSports) pic.twitter.com/lWONGjAZe0— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) July 2, 2015
AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber gets the ball Thursday in the series finale. Suffice to say, he's got some high standards to meet.