The bright spot in last night’s loss to the Rangers was rookie pitcher Aaron Civale. Many Tribe fans were saying “Aaron who?” at the start of the game. He was called up early to enter the rotation for the injured Danny Salazar. This was Civale’s second Major League start for the Indians. His first start, back in June against the Tigers, was solid. The 24-year-old only allowed two hits with six strikeouts over six shutout innings
Civale pitched another strong outing in his second career start for the Tribe. The kid struck out seven with allowing one run on three hits allowed in six innings against the Rangers. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to earn him the win. The offense was unable to give any support despite having opportunities in the 7th & 9th inning with runners in scoring position.
One thing that can’t be overlooked is the Indians’ ability to develop young pitchers. Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and Civale were all 2016 draft picks. Civale’s performance last night gives promise that he’ll be a name Tribe fans become very familiar with.