They Said It: Reaction to Carrasco's near no-no

They Said It: Reaction to Carrasco's near no-no

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning on Wednesday night, but gave up a single to Joey Butler with two outs in the final frame in an 8-1 win over Tampa Bay. Carrasco finished with a one-hit, 13-strikeout gem for Cleveland. Here are some thoughts from inside the Indians' clubhouse in the wake of his outstanding performance.

"It was an 0-2 slider. He went to it. He threw some 0-2 sliders tonight that he executed really well. It's the 124th pitch of the game. He just didn't quite get on top of it and didn't get where he wanted to. He did a great job. What a tremendous effort." -- Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, on the pitch to Butler in the ninth inning

"That was great. Everything that I learned last year with him in the bullpen, I brought into this year. It was unbelievable. I had fun." -- Carrasco, on pitching so well in front of Rays manager Kevin Cash, who was Cleveland's bullpen coach last season

"The Tampa Bay Rays didn't know what was coming." -- Indians catcher Roberto Perez

"When we lose, I hate to look back. When we win, we need to move on. We need to win a lot of games. But, when you pitch like that, it gives you a chance. Tonight, we got our offense on track early, but the first couple nights, we didn't. We had a run or two, but because the guys are pitching like that, they're meaningful runs and you can add on. That's a good recipe for winning." -- Indians manager Terry Francona

"The guy on the other side may be responsible. He might not be so happy tonight. He's taken that and look what he's done with it. He deserves a lot of credit for his work and his diligence and all the words that [relate to that]. You'd see him in Spring Training at 5:30 or a quarter-to-six in the morning, and it's paying off. It's paying off for us." -- Francona, on Cash helping Carrasco turn things around last year

"We knew he had the stuff to go out there and just really be one of the better pitchers in the league. And, when he goes out there and is aggressive, he is that. We have to remind him from time to time, and I think the hitters remind him from time to time, but he's been doing a really good job of that the last year and a half." -- Callaway on Carrasco's progress over past two seasons

"Nobody talked to me today. No one." -- Carrasco, on atmosphere in the dugout

"I really wanted it for him. He was one strike away. He lost it, but he did an unbelievable job." -- Perez

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