We saw the Indians’ five-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday, but it looks like the Tribe may be prepared to start a new streak of a different variety — the losing kind. The Indians lost their second straight Spring Training game Wednesday as the Tribe fell 5-1 to the Seattle Mariners.
The Indians averaged 9.6 runs per game in speeding out to a 5-0 Spring Training start, but the team has scored just a total of two runs in back-to-back losses. Regardless, it is important to remember that all Spring Training statistics should be taken with a grain of salt. Two poor offensive outings are really not an accurate reflection of the team’s offensive capabilities.
Right-hander Brett Myers was on the mound Wednesday as he made his second spring start for the Indians. The results were solid as he went three innings and allowed just two hits and one run, which came off a solo home run.
- Michael Bourn — CF (Matt Carson)
- Lou Marson — C (Yan Gomes)
- Jason Giambi — DH (Mike McDade)
- Cord Phelps — 3B (Giovanny Urshela)
- Ryan Raburn — 2B (Luis Hernandez)
- Ben Francisco — LF (Jeremy Hermida)
- Chris McGuiness — 1B (Jesus Aguilar)
- Juan Diaz — SS (Ronny Rodriguez)
- Ezequiel Carrera — RF (Carlos Moncrief)
- Brett Myers — 3 IP
- Corey Kluber — 2 IP
- Rich Hill — 1 IP
- Cody Allen — 1 IP
- Nick Hagadone — 1 IP
- Matt Langwell — 1 IP
— Yan Gomes has generated a decent amount of conversation at IBI after he was featured in this week’s edition ofThen & Now. He may remain a long shot to make the Major League roster, but he sure seems as if he is going to do everything necessary to ensure that the Indians give him a close, hard look this spring. Gomes went 2-for-2 in Wednesday’s contest as the right-handed hitting catcher recorded a double and a single. Gomes’ hits actually accounted for 1/3 of the Indians’ entire hit total as a team. The 25-year-old has now gone 4-for-7 this spring with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Gomes made a huge sacrifice when he decided to stay in Spring Training and not represent his native Brazil in the World Baseball Classic, and so far, it seems as if his decision is paying off.
— Corey Kluber was again not at his best in Wednesday’s contest. The right-hander allowed five hits and three runs in two innings of work. On the positive side of things, all of the runs that Kluber allowed came in the fourth inning, and he then settled down and pitched a perfect fifth inning. Still, five hits in an inning is never a good thing, and Kluber now has an 11.25 ERA in two games and four innings of work. Kluber was thought to be a rotation hopeful heading into Spring Training, but those hopes will likely dissipate if he continues to have outings like this one.
— The Indians need for left-handed relievers has been well-documented this offseason, and one player in particular seems to be making a strong case. Against the Mariners, Nick Hagadone pitched an inning of relief and allowed zero hits while striking out two. He now has four strikeouts in two scoreless innings this spring. It’s still very early, but Hagadone has to be considered an early front-runner for one of the two bullpen jobs.
The Indians face the Texas Rangers today at 3:05 p.m. at Surprise, Arizona. Right-hander Zach McAllister will get the start, and he will be followed by Daisuke Matsuzaka, Trevor Bauer as well as Vinnie Pestano.