A few quick notes on Sunday’s game action:
The Indians won both of their split squad games, defeating the Brewers 7-4 and the Reds 3-0, to maintain their undefeated streak so far in spring training. The Tribe had a number of good pitching performances in both games, particularly against the Reds in Goodyear. Seven pitchers appeared in that game – Zach McAllister, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Cody Allen, Rich Hill, Jerry Gil, T.J. House, and Preston Guilmet – and the only one to allow a hit was Hill. Since hitters are usually ahead of pitchers this early in the spring, holding the Reds to no runs on one hit was a pretty impressive feat. The Reds started a number of their regulars in the lineup too, so it’s not as if Indians pitchers faced no major league hitters. When Matsuzaka entered the game, he hit the first batter he faced. I thought that may be the start of some chaos, but Matsuzaka got the next batter to ground into a double play and made it out of the inning without issue. On the radio broadcast, Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus said that Matsuzaka was pushing himself a bit more than he normally would, particularly for someone coming off of Tommy John surgery since he wants to win a spot on the roster. On the offensive end, Mark Reynolds went 2 for 3, non-roster invitee Omir Santos had two RBI, and Carlos Moncrief had an RBI.
In the game against the Brewers, Trevor Bauer, Scott Kazmir, and David Huff all pitched two scoreless innings, while Danny Salazar and Nick Hagadone each pitched one scoreless inning. Carlos Carrasco pitched one inning and gave up four runs, three of which were earned. Overall, 12 Indians pitchers combined for 17 scoreless innings in both of the games. Offensively in the Brewers game, Carlos Santana went 1 for 3 and knocked in two with a home run, and Ezequiel Carrera went 1 for 2 with an RBI and two walks.
On Monday, the Indians square off at 3:05 ET against the Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium – their first game away from Goodyear. Unfortunately, the game is not broadcast on local radio or television.