Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 25th
(All times eastern)
Cleveland Indians (11-11) at San Francisco Giants (12-10), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.31)
San Francisco - Tim Hudson (2-1, 2.40)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants return to AT&T Park Friday
night to begin a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians.
San Francisco wrapped up a 2-4 road trip with a 12-10 win at Colorado in 11
innings on Wednesday. The offense came to life by slugging six home runs as
the Giants avoided the series sweep.
Michael Morse and Hector Sanchez both went deep twice, and Sanchez sealed the
outcome with his first career grand slam in the 11th inning.
"I couldn't be prouder of these guys," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who
was ejected by home-plate umpire Chris Conroy in the fourth for arguing a
called third strike. "We're down, what, 5-1, looking at getting swept here and
how hard they fought to find a way to win a game here. It makes for a better
flight home and a day off."
It was a much needed outburst considering the Giants offense had produced a
collective .166 batting average (and .063 with RISP) through the first five
games of the trip. In fact, they had been held to two runs or fewer in six of
their previous seven games, and 10 of their last 13 games have been decided by
"We still have to do a little better job with men on base," Bochy said. "We're
leaving some guys stranded, not moving guys. And that's got to pick up a
little bit. But still, you're seeing better at-bats."
Not only will Friday mark the Giants' first interleague series, it will also
be their first game this season against a team outside the NL West.
Cleveland has picked up wins in four of its last five games, including
Thursday's 5-1 triumph over Kansas City to clinch a four-game series. Right-
hander Corey Kluber was nearly untouchable, as he tossed his first complete
game while notching a career-high 11 strikeouts. The Indians offense supported
Kluber with a five-run fifth inning.
Toeing the rubber for the Tribe in Friday's series opener is right-hander
Carlos Carrasco, who is winless with an 8.25 ERA over his last 16 big league
starts dating back to 2011. He got a no-decision against Toronto on Sunday
after allowing four earned runs over 5 2/3 innings with three walks and five
For San Francisco, veteran Tim Hudson gets his first crack at Cleveland since
he was with Oakland 10 years ago. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA
through his first four starts in 2014 and has lasted at least seven innings
each time. He scattered eight hits and only two earned runs over seven frames
at San Diego in his last outing.
This marks the first meeting between these two teams since 2011, when the
Giants swept a three-game set at home. However, the Giants were among
baseball's worst teams in interleague play last year, going 6-14.
04/25 10:22:43 ET