While Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco battled to even the ALDS standings on Saturday, Cleveland’s All-Star second baseman Jose Ramirez used rather unorthodox methods to keep the Astros at bay. In the bottom of the third inning, with one out and runners hovering at the corners, Houston slugger Jose Altuve chopped a grounder out to third base. Josh Donaldson snared the ball and flipped it to Ramirez, who lost his balance as he ran to cover the base and promptly fell over — just seconds after firing the ball over to first to complete the double play.
It was a turn so quick and a throw so precise that you have to see it to believe it:
Yonder Alonso caught the throw from Ramirez to eliminate the tying run and bring the inning to a close. Through five innings of ALDS Game 2, Carrasco has shut out the Astros on five hits and three strikeouts so far.
The Indians currently lead 1-0 in the sixth following Francisco Lindor‘s third-inning solo shot off of Gerrit Cole.
As Bill wrote last night, Robinson Canó — bashed for his lack of hustle just a few days ago — busted it out of the box last night and strained his hamstring. That has now landed him on the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria took over at second base after Cano’s last night and is starting there in today’s game versus the Nationals. No timetable has been given for Canó, but one usually misses at least a couple of weeks with hamstring pulls, sometimes longer.
Also going on the shelf for the Mets is Jeff McNeil, who hurt his hamstring on Tuesday. J.D. Davis will cover for him until he comes back. Michael Conforto is the next regular outfielder who should return to the fold. He has still not been given an offical comeback date after hitting the injured list with a concussion, but it was reported yesterday that he has been symptom free for a few days, which is a good sign.