December 19, 2014

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Indians can’t get much going against Tim Hudson, Giants

Cleveland Indians' Nick Swisher, center, points skyward after driving in a run with a single, next to San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt Friday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cleveland Indians’ Nick Swisher, center, points skyward after driving in a run with a single, next to San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt Friday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO — Nick Swisher has had some success in limited at-bats against his former teammate Tim Hudson. He did again Friday night, though the rest of his Cleveland teammates were not as fortunate.

Swisher had two hits and drove in Cleveland’s lone run, though it was Hudson who got the last laugh in the San Francisco Giants’ 5-1 win over the Indians on Friday night.

“You can’t go out there all geeked up because he knows exactly what he’s doing,” said Swisher, who played alongside Hudson briefly in Oakland in 2004. “He’s a veteran guy and he did a great job on us tonight.”

Swisher was 3-of-4 with a double and two RBIs against Hudson entering the game. He flew out his first time, singled in a run in the third, and then struck out in the sixth.

Swisher hit a home run against Hudson in their only meeting in spring training.

Carlos Carrasco (0-3) pitched better than his line: four runs on five hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out six to remain winless over his past 17 starts dating to 2011. He retired the final nine batters he faced.

“I did feel good about that,” he said. “I’m trying to keep my arm up when I pitch but I’ve noticed when my arm drops, I throw harder. I worry every single day and that’s makes me work hard.”

He gave up a home run to Michael Morse on an 0-2 pitch.

“I was trying to throw down and in but I left it up,” Carrasco said.

Hudson (3-1) scattered four hits over seven innings and struck out five. He walked two, ending an impressive streak of 30 consecutive innings without one.

Michael Bourn tripled and scored Cleveland’s only run. Jason Kipnis added two hits for the Indians, who lost for just the second time in six games.

Hudson had not issued a walk in his first four starts this season before giving up one to Carlos Santana with two outs in the first. It was the longest walk-less streak to start a season by a pitcher in the majors since Tiny Bonham’s 33-inning stretch for the New York Yankees in 1944.

Hudson also walked Santana in the sixth. Beyond that, San Francisco’s crafty right-hander was solid in his first start against the Indians since May 30, 2004. He pitched out of a two-out, two-on jam in the first and retired nine straight after giving up the RBI single to Swisher in the third.

Notable

  • RHP Zach McAllister (3-0) goes for the Indians today. He has not allowed a home run in 31 consecutive innings dating to 2013.
  • The Indians were held to one run or less for the fourth time.
  • The top three hitters in the Indians lineup went a combined 5-for-12, while hitters four through nine combined to go 0-for-21.

TODAY
WHO: Cleveland vs. San Francisco
TIME: 4:05 p.m.
WHERE: AT&T Park, San Francisco
PITCHERS: McAllister (3-0, 2.28 ERA) vs. Lincecum (1-1, 6.43)
TV/RADIO: SportsTime Ohio; WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM, WMMS 100.7-FM

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