CLEVELAND, Ohio — Wednesday was a good night for Cleveland Indians players named Carlos.
Carlos Carrasco pitched a dominating complete game three-hitter. Carlos Santana blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lock up the Tribe’s franchise record-tying 14th straight win, 5-1 against Chicago.
Add to that Tyler Naquin’s return to the starting lineup, an all-out hustle play by Jose Ramirez and Santana’s scintillating glove on defense, and you’ve got a team that’s looked pretty unbeatable as of late. The Tribe’s magic number to clinch a second straight division title is down to 13.
And they’re making some local window salesmen extremely uncomfortable.
Here’s a look back at how Tuesday’s game played out through the eyes of media members and fans on Twitter.
1. Carrasco narrowly missed a “Maddux”
If you had never heard of the obscure baseball stat before Wednesday, Indians fans were certainly buzzing about it around the sixth or seventh inning. The “Maddux,” named after Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, occurs when a starting pitcher tosses a complete game shutout on less than 100 pitches. Maddux himself accomplished the feat 13 times in his career, nearly twice as many as the next highest total (Zane Smith’s seven). Carrasco has one “Maddux” to his credit, a shutout against Houston in September 2014. On Wednesday, he went nine innings, allowing one run on three hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. He threw 97 pitches, 76 for strikes.
Carlos Carrasco’s had a great season. But the first four innings of his outing tonight may be the BEST he’s been all year long. Nasty.
— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) September 7, 2017
Is it just me or did the @Indians @Cookie_Carrasco just put dark voodoo magic on pitch #40 and #43!? WHEW!!!!!
— Notorious MIG (@NotoriousMIG) September 7, 2017
If this Carlos Carrasco pitches any inning of the World Series last year, I’m convinced the Tribe wins.
— Alec Bojalad (@alecbojalad) September 7, 2017
I hope the @Indians have bail money just in case @Cookie_Carrasco gets arrested because he is dealing tonight!!! #Cookie #RallyTogether
— BIG T (@tmoses2755) September 7, 2017
Carlos Carrasco against the White Sox tonight … pic.twitter.com/EH5QGWUf3P
— Steven R. Walker (@Steve_R_Walker) September 7, 2017
Fitting on Roberto Clemente Day our @mlb Clemente Award Nominee @Cookie_Carrasco for off-field work dialed up gem on-field. Congrats!
— Curtis Danburg (@TribeCD) September 7, 2017
@Cookie_Carrasco @Indians What a game!! Such hard work on the mound, Carlos! Everyone on point! Que emocionante, guapo!
— Elizabeth Sanchez (@Lizabae74) September 7, 2017
But Adam Engel’s solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning ended Carrasco’s bid. And the fans were none too pleased.
Carrasco had faced the minimum through 8 2/3 innings before Adam Engel (.170 average) homered to make it 5-1. Third hit for Sox.
— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) September 7, 2017
And on Carrasco’s 93rd pitch of the night, the White Sox scored. Engel’s 5th HR kills any dreams of a Maddux on this night.
— T.J. Zuppe (@TJZuppe) September 7, 2017
Carlos Carrasco: First Indians P to lose CG shutout on HR with 2 out in 9th since Jake Westbrook vs BAL May 16 2010.https://t.co/SqPICtpV1y
— Doug Kern (@dakern74) September 7, 2017
Way to ruin the fun Adam Engel.
— Joshua (@JR_Allstar_1224) September 7, 2017
Screw you Adam Engel.
— Wally’s World (@Wallys_World) September 7, 2017
2. Canines in prime time
While Cookie was spinning his masterpiece, the crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field was barking up a storm. Literally. It was Bark at the Park night in Chicago, and fans were sitting in the outfield alongside pups and pooches of all sorts. At least one little yapper was seated within earshot of a SportsTime Ohio microphone. And Tribe fans could clearly hear the barking.
I just want to watch the Indians game but its dog night at the White Sox park and all you can hear is dogs barking. This is brutal.
— Michael (@Be_Likee_Mike) September 7, 2017
There is nothing more annoying than listening to the @Indians game and hearing a bunch of dogs barking. Thanks @whitesox.
— Michael Picha (@michael_picha) September 7, 2017
Meanwhile, on the @Indians telecast pic.twitter.com/1ptlni0b0G
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) September 7, 2017
Yes, you do hear dogs during the Tribe game. It’s the annual “Dog Day” in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/2KREz7JCLD
— Jen Steer (@jensteer) September 7, 2017
@stomattu can someone please go put a muzzle on that dog. #RallyTogether
— Lou Brown (@irishdogg75) September 7, 2017
Looks like the dogs almost outnumber the fans. Dumbest idea ever.
— TRIBE LOVER (@jojohubby) September 7, 2017
3. Naquin rising
With Jay Bruce a late scratch in the starting lineup, outfielder Tyler Naquin got the chance to play. Earlier in the day, Terry Francona said the Indians brought Naquin up for the stretch run not so much to play, but rather to work on his defense in the outfield with bench coach Brad Mills. In his first at-bat, Naquin sent a bouncing ball up the middle that Chicago shortstop Tyler Saladino kicked into right field for a double.
Scoring that as a hit was the most generous gift given to Naquin since his callup
— Bryan (@NachoHelmet) September 7, 2017
And fans noticed that he’s looking a little more disciplined at the dish.
Do my eyes deceive me or did Tyler Naquin lay off high heat with 2 strikes
— Jon Snow Fan Account (@Xavier_Riv41) September 7, 2017
[?] [?] [?] Tyler Naquin did not try to pull a ball! [?] [?] [?]
— Monte the Color Man (@Monte_Colorman) September 7, 2017
4. What about Jose?
During the game, MLB on Twitter asked fans who should be the MVP in the American League. But they didn’t include Jose Ramirez as an option in the unofficial poll. Indians fans let them know about it.
Who should win AL MVP? #TheDugout
— MLB (@MLB) September 7, 2017
I guess the @indians @MrLapara needs to change the spelling of his name to “Other.”
The replies to this tweet have spoken. [?]
— Ashley Achten (@AshleyAchten) September 7, 2017
You have Aaron Judge who’s batting like .130 since the break on this list but not Jose Ramirez? pic.twitter.com/xAUiys5YBk
— Chris McLaughlin (@CMac474) September 7, 2017
5. Santana’s blast
Carlos Santana provided what turned out to be the game-winning runs in the eighth inning with a two-run homer to right field. Santana’s blast was prodigious, and fans took notice.
Carlos Santana just hit a baseball to Vancouver.
— Harry Yeprem Jr. (@HarryFromCBus) September 7, 2017
Carlos Santana hit a bomb into the Dog Day section at the White Sox game, and all the good boys are very confused.
— Senor Gusto (@SenorGusto) September 7, 2017
Carlos Santana said to the Sox..
“My elbow is fine bro! Thanks for asking!”@Indians #HomeRun #rolltribe
— Shannon (@SmC_0533) September 7, 2017
I can’t stop watching that Santana home run. That sound off the bat is a thing of beauty.
— Justin Toole (@Tooleyj24) September 7, 2017
… and it prompted fans who really don’t want him to leave in free agency at season’s end to plead their cases.
Simply put, the Tribe needs to sign Carlos Santana long-term. Figure out the OF in the offseason via trade.
— Rosko (@SkoSports) September 7, 2017
Carlos Santana cannot be allowed to leave Cleveland pic.twitter.com/er2Cz6mTLY
— Blake Ruane (@blakeruane) September 7, 2017
6. Ramirez’s mad dash
With two out and one on in the ninth inning, Greg Allen hit into a fielder’s choice that could have been an inning ending double play. But the speedy rookie beat the throw to first, as Chicago’s Matt Davidson fell to the dirt. That gave a hustling Jose Ramirez the opportunity to score from second bas, and Ramirez came through. He dove head-first into home and added an extra insurance run for Cleveland.
Hustle pays off. @MrLapara knows: https://t.co/HhbM85sp5a #DirtiestPlays pic.twitter.com/I5kPPIfNbB
— MLB (@MLB) September 7, 2017
Mike Trout can bite me, Jose Ramirez should be the MVP what amazing hustle he showed in a game that’s pretty much over anyway
— Matt weber (@Mweb831) September 7, 2017
7. Oh yeah.. and free windows.
With the Indians tying a franchise record after winning their 14th straight game, there are a lot of nervous window salesmen around Cleveland. Corey Kluber takes the mound Thursday with a chance to win a whole bunch of people a whole bunch of free windows.
.@universlwindows .. so uh, where you guys watching the game tomorrow?#15gameWinStreakOnTheLine#FreeWindows #RallyTogether
— Jensen Lewis (@JLEWFifty) September 7, 2017
*Indians 1 game away from a 15 game winning streak.*
Universal Windows Direct: pic.twitter.com/y2TgKIyvDN
— Joe Mertens (@Mertens_Joe91) September 7, 2017