GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Brett Myers sailed through three innings before running into trouble, as the Indians lost 7-6 to the Rangers today at Goodyear Ballpark.
Until giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits, including two doubles and Craig Gentry's home run in the fourth inning, Myers was throwing a shutout.
“”My arm got a little fatigued in the last inning,’’ he said. “”It was dragging behind, and my pitches weren’t crisp. This is the first time I’ve thrown 70 pitches. I hadn’t done it in a long time (2011) but that’s no excuse.’’
Last year, Myers was asked to abandon his usual job as a starter to work in the bullpen.
Carlos Carrasco followed Myers and threw four innings, giving up two runs, four hits and two walks.
""He had good stuff, he hes still battling inconsistency,'' manager Terry Francona.
Francona does not seem surprised nor bothered by Carrasco's erratic outings, because the right-hander missed all of last season recuperating from elbow reconstructon surgery.
Drew Stubbs had two hits, including a triple, and drove in one run. Luis Hernandez doubled, singled and had three RBI.
In other news, Mark Reynolds sat out today's game because of a minor back injury.
“”He’s a little stiff,’’ Francona said. “”It seems silly to push it, so I’ll be surprised if he plays tomorrow. We’ll get him through the off day (Tuesday).’’