The Tribe was shut out by the Reds for the second time this season - but hey, at least it wasn't 10-0 this time. Their Spring Training record now stands at a feeble 6-9-1. Thankfully, tomorrow is a day off, so hopefully everyone can recharge their batteries.
Having had a break of ten days since his seasonal debut, Corey Kluber seemed out of sorts right from the outset. He just couldn't capture his usual control early doors, and then Todd Frazier and Kristopher Negron nailed him for a solo HR apiece in the 2nd and 3rd. Those were followed by a Skip Schumaker triple that was converted to a third run on a wild pitch. Kluber did go 1-2-3 in the 4th, for a final line of 4IP 3H 3ER 2BB 4SO 1WP, but by then the damage had already been done, augmented by a single conceded by Shaw in the 5th to make it 4-0.
In the 6th Scrabble scrambled around and managed to prevent any more runs, after the Reds had runners on the corners, while Cody Allen allowed just a single in the 7th. Scott Downs recorded a solid 1-2-3 in the 8th, and Jeff Manship escaped in the 9th after Tyler Holt couldn't quite catch up to a ball in CF that ended up as a leadoff triple.
Meanwhile, the hitters were dormant pretty much throughout, with only a Brantley walk and a Lindor single first time through the order, followed by just a Bourn single and a Chisenhall double second time through. Mike Leake sent the Tribe down 1-2-3 in both the 2nd and 4th, as did Burke Badenhop in the 7th and Tony Cingrani in both the 8th and 9th.
The Tribe did briefly threaten in the 6th with Bourn's second single of the day, followed by a walk for Kipnis, but it all came to nought as Aroldis Chapman retired three in a row.
All in all, it just wasn't a good day all around..