Tribe ace Fausto Carmona’s two-hit, seven-inning shutout Thursday in the Indians 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox marked a huge difference from his first outing on Opening Day when he was shelled for 10 runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings against the Chicago White Sox.
It even tied a 100-year-old mark.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carmona became the first major-league pitcher in 106 years to allow 10 or more runs in his first start of a season and then no runs in his next start, without a relief appearance between those games.
The last time it happened? Dick Harley did it for the 1905 Boston Beaneaters (Elias also notes that Boston didn’t pick up the nickname “Braves” until several years later.) Harley set the mark by allowing 15 runs in a complete game on April 15 and then threw a four-hit shutout in his next start, four days later.
* In another Elias note from Thursday's Tribe game in which the Indians won 1-0 on Asdrubal Cabrera's eighth-inning sacrifice bunt that scored Adam Everett: It was only the second 1–0 game in the last 22 seasons in which the run scored on an RBI sacrifice bunt or an RBI bunt single. In fact, since 1990, the only other such game was the Angels’ win at Oakland on July 4, 2003 when David Eckstein’s sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning plated the only run in the contest.