The Indians put together an eight-run inning and received a strong outing from Carlos Carrasco to cruise past the Texas Rangers 12-3 Wednesday at Progressive Field. Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher and Lonnie Chisenhall all hit a home run. Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn all had three hits. Every Indians starter recored a hit and scored a run. And starter Carlos Carrasco allowed one run in eight innings while striking out eight. Wednesday’s One Last Thing: Michael Bourn is quietly heating up outside of the leadoff spot.
A while back, it was written that Bourn wasn’t getting hits but he was hitting the ball hard. Several analytic numbers pointed to the fact that Bourn was still making hard contact, it just wasn’t translating into him getting on base as much as it should. Now, the hits are coming. Bourn went 3-for-5 with two RBI Wednesday. He was hitting .180 before being moved down the lineup and is now hitting .300 since Indians manager Terry Francona made the change. Bourn is also hitting .360 in his past 16 games. “Wherever Tito lines the lineup at, man, I just play,” Bourn said. “You don't make the lineup. You just go out there and play. So, whatever combination he thinks works for us, then I'm going to go out there and play baseball.”