Giants 5, Indians 2
The last thing you want to happen on April Fool's Day is to have somebody injured. That's especially true if that somebody is Corey Kluber and you're an Indians fan. Thankfully, Kluber made it through his start injury and accident free, but did give up three runs over four and 2/3 innings in the Tribe's 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Kluber, in his last tune up before opening day, pitched well early, getting through the first three innings without surrounding a hit. In the fourth, three Giants' singles in a row plated a run, and in the fifth a two run home run from Matt Duffy gave San Francisco a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Kluber did finish with five strikeouts on the day and did not give up a walk. His next scheduled outing is Monday in Houston for opening day.
"It's exciting for me personally that next time out there will be when it counts," Kluber said. "I'm happy with where I'm at both physically and mentally. I'm ready to go."
Madison Bumgarner started on the mound for the Giants and gave up one run in four innings of work. That run came courtesy of a Nick Swisher RBI single in the fourth.
Swisher's second AB results in RBI single to left, scoring Raburn. Stayed in to run, but only had to go a few feet on Chisenhall groundout.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 1, 2015
Swisher, making his first game appearance this spring, went 2 for 3 and by all accounts looked good. After surgery on both knees, Swisher will start the regular season on the disabled list. It is expected that he will travel to Houston with the team and then return to Goodyear to play in some minor-league games.
Jesus Aguilar, who's in a battle for the last spot on the opening day roster, had two hits. Ryan Raburn added two hits as well for the Tribe. Both Scott Atchison and Giovanni Soto gave up a run in relief for the Indians.
The Tribe takes on the Cincinatti Reds tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. ET in an afternoon Cactus League match up. Zach McAllister will start and see his last action of the spring. He is scheduled to pitch six innings. Austin Adams, who also is in the mix for the last roster spot, is expected to pitch as well.