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Offense can't capitalize in 4-2 loss

Cleveland offense has 11 hits, only 2 runs in loss to Arizona

Offense can't capitalize in 4-2 loss
Justin Sellers & Paul Goldschmidt (Photo: Tribevibe.mlblogs.com)
March 15, 2014
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Goodyear, Arizona – In front of a rare sellout crowd at Goodyear Ballpark, the Cleveland Indians stranded nine runners en route to a 4-2 loss to the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks.  With five-projected everyday players in the starting lineup, the Indians offense failed to capitalize on 11 hits, including three doubles from left-fielder Mike Aviles

David Murphy, expected to play both corner outfield positions, tacked on two hits, including a double.  The other projected regulars -- Asdrubal CabreraNick Swisher, and Carlos Santana -- combined to go 0-for-10 with five strikeouts on the afternoon. Elliot Johnson, one of the many utilitymen fighting for a roster spot, continued his hot spring with two hits.  Entering Sunday’s contest, Johnson was batting .375 with two doubles and two home runs.

Cleveland sent eight relievers to the hill Sunday afternoon, including four that are expected to be on the opening day roster.  Vinnie Pestano and closer John Axford each threw scoreless innings, as did Marc Rzepczynski and Josh Outman.  Frank Herrmann made the start for the Tribe in his second appearance recovering from Tommy John surgery.  Much like his first outing, Herrmann struggled and failed to escape the first inning.  The righty from Harvard recorded just two outs, allowing three runs on three hits.

For the Diamondbacks, All-Star Paul Goldschmidt led the offense with a home run, a double, and three RBI.  Leadoff man Gerardo Parra also added two hits and scored a run.  On the mound, Patrick Corbin was stretched out to over six innings but left in the seventh with apparent left forearm stiffness.  The 24-year-old lefty fared well against the Indians offense, working out of a few jams and not registering a walk.  For the day, Corbin allowed 10 hits and zero runs while striking out seven. 

With the loss, the Indians fall to 12-3 this spring but remain in first place in the Cactus League.  The Diamondbacks now sit at 10-9 with the win, four games out of first place.  On Sunday, the Indians will play two games in split-squad matchups with the Giants and the Cubs.  Justin Masterson will take the hill against the Cubs, while Aaron Harang gets the nod against the Giants.  Masterson has been perfect this spring, not having allowed a run through eight innings.  Harang has fared nearly as well, only surrendering one earned run through five innings.  Both games will start at 1:05 pm ET, with the Giants game taking place in Scottsdale while the Cubs game will be in Mesa.

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Joe Chengery
March 16, 2014 - 3:52 PM EDT
Elrod

I, too, spotted McAdams' name; it's common for Minor leaguers who are still around after roster cuts to fill in as depth, which is what guys like McAdams and Gallas are doing. More prominent and impactful prospects like Lindor, Ramirez, Aguilar, and Moncrief have already been sent out to their respective Minor League affiliates' Speing Training camps- they aren't available, so do expect to see more of the likes of McAdams and Gallas for the rest of the spring.
Walter
March 16, 2014 - 10:43 AM EDT
I think Herrmann and Hagadone will start the year in Columbus. Herrmann has a lot of rust to work off coming of surgery. Outman has give up a run in spring training. I wonder Giambi's telling Outman that he was tipping his pitches has led to proper correction. Could be an important lefty coming out of pen this year.
elrod
March 16, 2014 - 9:55 AM EDT
Was that Josh McAdams in the boxscore? What was that all about? McAdams looked like he was on the Hunter Jones career path: great tools but unable to ever advance even to Lake County and start. Now he plays in a big league exhibition game? Any insight on that?

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