Carlos Carrasco started today's home Cactus League finale, and couldn't get out of the fourth inning. Carrasco had been in Florida tfor the birth of his child, and perhaps the recent whirlwind had an effect on his performance. Carrasco allowed six hits, one of them an Adam Lind home run, walked two and struck out two. After Francona removed him, Carrasco threw some more pitches in the bullpen so that he'd be stretched out for his 2015 debut on Wednesday.
Another concern was Lonnie Chisenhall, who made two errors in the game. His second inning error led to an unearned run, and botched another grounder to start the fifth inning. Both plays were on in-between hops, one of the more difficult plays a third baseman is expected to make.
Because Carrasco left the game so early, the Indians went to Ben Heller, an intriguing relief prospect, to finish off the third and pitch the fourth. Heller allowed an inherited run to score but otherwise pitched well, especially considering that he hasn't yet seen AA. He faced the Milwaukee regulars, striking out Carlos Gomez and Khris Davis.
Scrabble, Bryan Shawn, and Anthony Swarzak each got what will likely be their final Spring Training work in. Each pitched a scoreless inning of work in the middle innings.
The Indians sent what should be their everyday lineup up against Peralta, and scored three runs off him in 4.2 innings. Most of the Tribe regulars were pulled after the sixth inning, and a bunch of players from minor-league camp finished off the game.
The two teams will finish off their Cactus League schedule against each other in Marysville. The game will begin at 3 PM Eastern, sans most of the regulars for both clubs.