Their three starting pitchers all carried perfect games into the sixth, with a no-hitter broken up on the last out.
Either the Cleveland Indians put on one of the best starting pitching displays or the Tampa Bay Rays gave one of the worst hitting attempts, or maybe some combination of both. After being swept by the Orioles, they have dominated against the Rays in historical, dominating fashion. So far in the series, the Indians outscored their opponents 21-4 behind an extremely dominating pitching rotation.
In each of the three contests, the Indians’ starters pitched perfect games into at least the sixth inning to open the game. Cody Anderson, Danny Salazar, and Carlos Carrasco all displayed incredible pitching, consistently retiring Rays batters. The series’ highlight came last night, when Carrasco lost his no-hitter with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning. As everybody knows, every out is crucial, and every one is extremely difficult to collect.
Watch below to see just how close Carrasco came to a no-hitter: