Second-half woes continue in loss to shorthanded Texas
CLEVELAND — Fausto Carmona was the same pitcher he has been Tuesday night at Jacobs Field. Unfortunately for the Indians, so were their hitters.
With its offense still stuck in low gear, Cleveland wasted another quality pitching performance, this time from Carmona, dropping the first game of the series to last-place Texas, 3-1.
A trio of pitchers — Jake Westbrook, C.C. Sabathia and Carmona — has offered up three winning performances in Cleveland’s last three games, all of them resulting in losses, with the Indians scoring a combined four runs.
The Indians are 2-6 on the current homestand, getting outscored 38-26, while managing two runs or fewer in six of the eight games.
“We feel pretty good about the way our guys have pitched the last week or so,” said Indians manager Eric Wedge, whose team’s three-game losing streak is its longest of the season. “Offensively, we’ve got to do a much better job than we’re doing.
“We have to have some people step up. Somebody’s got to stop it. We have to come out and put up better at-bats and be tough outs like we have been all year.”
There were few difficult outs in Cleveland’s lineup for Texas starter Brandon McCarthy, who entered the outing without a win since May 20 and owning a 4-7 record and 5.52 ERA.
The lanky right-hander encountered little trouble in allowing just a run on four hits over 62/3 innings, surrendering his lone run on a solo homer from Ryan Garko with one out in the seventh. McCarthy shut out Cleveland on just two hits through the first six innings.
“We’re not swinging the bats the way we can right now,” said Garko, who is hitting .396 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 16 games since the All-Star break.
WHO: Cleveland vs. Texas
WHERE: Jacobs Field
PITCHERS: Byrd (9-4, 4.40 ERA) vs. Rheinecker (1-0, 3.18)
TV/RADIO: SportsTime Ohio; WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM
Cleveland Indians baserunner Victor Martinez is tagged out at home plate by Texas Rangers starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s loss at Jacobs Field.