All in all, it wasn’t a bad night for the 6,116 in attendance Saturday at Canal Park.
Carlos Carrasco said he was ready to get back to Cleveland and the RubberDucks picked up their 17th consecutive win at home in a 3-2 comeback over the Harrisburg Senators.
While the ultimate call for Carrasco will come from the Indians, the right-hander said he felt strong.
After pitching two simulated games with Lake County, Carrasco saw his first live action since straining his left hamstring April 24 while covering first base against Detroit.
While the right-hander didn’t get a decision, he went four innings and allowed two runs — one earned — on seven hits.
Carrasco struck out six, walked one, threw a wild pitch and gave up a solo home run to Neftali Soto. He logged 53 pitches with 37 of them going for strikes.
After his start, he went out to the bullpen and threw another 20 pitches.
“I feel great,” he said. “I’m very happy. It’s great to be back on the mound after being out for [four-plus] weeks. I feel ready to go. I got a ground ball to first and got to test my hammy and it felt great.”
His Major League stuff showed in the fourth. After allowing a base hit and walk following Soto’s home run, Carrasco struck out the side to end his night.
Ironically, he took a throw at first similar to the one against the Tigers that put him on the disabled list in the first inning. While he committed an error, he made the play without hesitation.
“That’s exactly what you want to see in an outing like this,” Ducks manager Dave Wallace said. “He got off the mound, had to cover first, had to move around a little bit and it all checked out really well.
“As far as giving up some hits, I’m sure he would have liked to execute some location a little bit better, but for him getting back it isn’t as much getting guys out at this level, it’s just getting off the mound, testing that hammy and making sure it’s all right. It was all good today.”
Thanks to Nellie Rodriguez, it was all good for the RubberDucks.
After the Ducks (35-13) spotted the Senators (24-23) a two-run lead, Rodriguez got Carrasco off the hook with a two-run home run to right field in the fourth, marking the 11th time this season he has dialed long distance.
Rodriguez was at it again in the eighth inning. Bradley Zimmer opened with a single to center and Rodriguez doubled to right-center to put the RubberDucks ahead.
“I was just working up the middle and away with my approach,” he said. “I was just trying to hit the ball hard over there and good things happened.
“Just knowing we get to close out the game when we’re losing [helps]. We never quit until the last out.”
Grant Sides (1-0) picked up the win. He went two innings and didn’t allow a hit, striking out two and walking three.
J.P. Feyereisen picked up his third save, allowing one hit and adding a strikeout in one inning of work.
Game 3 of the four-game series starts Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Adam Plutko (3-2, 2.89 ERA) will go for the Ducks against Reynaldo Lopez (1-4, 4.43).