Cleveland Indians’ Aaron Civale on lessons learned and a shout-out to the crowd

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Aaron Civale’s allergies wore him down during the Indians’ two-game stop in St. Louis on Tuesday and Wednesday to play the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. There was a benefit to his watery eyes and all that sneezing.

Civale watched 39-year-old Adam Wainwright do his thing against his Indians’ teammates. Wainwright, throwing mostly slow-motion curves, worked seven mesmerizing innings in an 8-2 St. Louis win on Wednesday night. The Indians didn’t have a hit against Wainwright after the first inning and only one man reached base.

Friday night Civale was still feeling rundown when he faced Seattle. He had two things on his side. The lessons he learned from watching Wainwright and a crowd of 22,920 that walked into Progressive Field for what was billed as Opening Day 2.0 because the ballpark was operating at 100% capacity for the first time since 2019.

“I watched Adam Wainwright closely the other day and saw how he utilized his curveball,” said Civale. “I took a little bit of that into my game tonight.”

Civale, who seems to have a pitch for every day of the week, threw his curve 25% of the time in Friday’s 7-0 victory over Seattle. It was right behind his cut fastball at 27% and his four-seam fastball 27%. The result was the low-hit game of his career, a one-hitter through eight innings. He retired the last 22 Cardinals to face him before Blake Parker pitched…

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