Cleveland Indians 8, Oakland A's 3
The Indians had one of their best days at the plate of the spring this afternoon, putting up 8 run on 13 hits. I imagine it was a pleasant game to take in from sunny Goodyear, Arizona (as opposed to snowy Cleveland or Chicago) and I hope we'll continue to get in-person reports passed from Let's Go Tribe readers who are spending this week in the desert. Those reports are awesome!
Scoring 8 runs on 13 hits in spring training doesn't mean much if most of the damage is done by non-prospects who are just killing time til they get reassigned to minor league camp, but that was not the case today. Lonnie Chisenhall had 3 hits, including a double. Michael Brantley had a pair of singles. Michael Bourn, Jose Ramirez, and Roberto Perez each singled and scored a run. Topping them all, Carlos Santana did this:
Boy, that one just barely got out, amirite?
That long shot to right was Carlos' team-leading third of spring training.
On the pitching side, Zach McAllister did well in four innings of work, allowing only an unearned run (Lonnie made his third error of the spring today, which is a little concerning; Carlos made his first, which I'm less worried about.) while striking out four, walking two, and allowing two hits. Given that most Tribe starters seem to be giving up a home run or two every time out, four base runners in four innings without the ball leaving the ballpark seems pretty good.
Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski, Bryan Shaw, and Kyle Crockett each worked a scoreless inning of relief, while C.C. Lee gave up two runs in the 9th and was lucky it wasn't worse, as he walked two and gave up a couple of hits, including a home run.
The Cactus League action continues on Tuesday with the Indians with another night game (10:05 ET), this one against the Giants. T.J. House is scheduled to start.