Carlos Carrasco narrowly missed a ‘Maddux’: Social media reaction to Wednesday’s 6 best Tribe moments

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.

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.

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.

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.

And fans noticed that he’s looking a little more disciplined at the dish.

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.

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.

… and it prompted fans who really don’t want him to leave in free agency at season’s end to plead their cases.

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.

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.

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