Spring Training Game Eleven – Cubs 5, Indians 13
WP – Carlos Carrasco (1-0) LP – Alberto Cabrera (0-1) Save – Trevor Bauer (1)
An Indians’ lineup full of Major League hitters took batting practice against the young Cubs’ hurlers on Monday afternoon in Mesa. Cleveland pounded out 20 hits, seven for extra bases, walked six times and hit three home runs off the likes of Alberto Cabrera, Brooks Raley, and Ty’Relle Harris. Harris spent the day with the big league team up from minor league camp, and like Cabrera and Raley, struggled with his command.
The Indians’ offense squared up just about every ball they hit, even the outs were loud. Alberto Cabrera gave up five runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout over 2 2/3 innings while Brooks Raley allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Ty’Relle Harris could not find the strike zone, and surrendered three runs on three hits with three walks in an inning of work. The Indians scored runs in each of the first six innings, and while Casey Coleman and Marcus Hatley, up for the day from minor league camp, kept Cleveland off the board over the final three innings, Cubs’ pitching did not record a single 1-2-3 inning on the afternoon.
While the Indians were busy hitting the ball all over HoHoKam Park, the Cubs offense could not string together any hits. The Cubs scored a pair of runs in the second that tied the game at two, but after the second inning, it was all Cleveland.
Alfonso Soriano (2-for-2 with a home run and a double) had a good day at the plate. Soriano hit his first dinger of the spring in the second inning. Johermyn Chavez (1-for-1 with a home run) took Trevor Bauer deep in the eighth, and Logan Watkins (1-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) doubled in Jorge Soler (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) in the seventh. Javier Baez (0-for-1 with a RBI) plated Watkins with a groundout to first in the seventh inning.
The Cubs offense scattered seven hits with only two walks and was 1-for-5 with RISP, four left on base.
Alberto Cabrera’s day began on a positive note. Cabrera retired Drew Stubbs (pop out) and Jason Kipnis (fly out to deep left) rather quickly for the first two outs. Cabrera jumped in front of Lonnie Chisenhall, 0-2, before Chisenhall worked a full count. Chisenhall launched a 3-2 pitch from Cabrera over the wall in right … and Cabrera struggled from that point forward. Cabrera was able to end the inning by striking out Nick Swisher swinging (2-2 pitch).
There was a scary moment in the first inning when Darnell McDonald lined a 2-1 pitch back up the box that hit Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco stayed in the game, and completed his three innings of work after the initial reports were that the ball hit him in his head. Carrasco retired the Cubs in order in the first inning.
The Indians went back to work against Alberto Cabrera in the second inning. Mark Reynolds led off the second with a long homer to left. Carson followed with a single to right center. Cabrera then walked Jeremy Hermida on four pitches. Cabrera missed on his first two pitches to Omar Santos (six straight balls) before inducing a 5-4-3 double play. Carson advanced to third, but was stranded with Francisco Lindor grounded out to third.
The Cubs got on the board in the second, and made a game of it … at least for a half inning.
Alfonso Soriano hit a homer to left, Clevenger followed with a walk. After Junior Lake struck out swinging, Brad Nelson drove a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left center. Steve Clevenger scored all the way from first and tied the game at two. Soler and Watkins were retired to end the inning.
Alberto Cabrera started the third … but could not finish it. Jason Kipnis reached on a one-out single to center. Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a double to left center. Kipnis scored, 3-2 Cleveland. Nick Swisher followed with a single to right that plated Chisenhall with the Indians’ fourth run. Mark Reynolds then pulled a 3-1 pitch into the left field corner. Reynolds settled for a double as Swisher scored from first. Carson hit a deep fly to right. Hairston hauled it in but Reynolds advanced to third … and that was all for Alberto Cabrera.
Brooks Raley made his way in from the pen and struck out Hermida to end the inning.
Luis Valbuena led off the third with a single to right. Soriano advanced him to third with a two-out double to right, but Steve Clevenger grounded out to short to end the inning.
Brooks Raley stayed in for the fourth inning … and really struggled. Santos reached on a throwing error by Junior Lake to start the inning (airmailed his throw to first). Santos was awarded second when the ball ended up in the stands and advanced to third when Lindor grounded out to second. Drew Stubbs ripped a double into right center that plated Santos … 6-2 Cleveland. Kipnis followed with a single to right. With runners on first and third with one down, Chisenhall singled to left and plated Stubbs. With the Indians up 7-2 in a Spring Training game, Kipnis stole third on a 2-2 pitch to Swisher. Swisher ended up blooping a 3-2 pitch into right that plated Kipnis with the Indians’ eighth run. Raley struck out Mark Reynolds swinging … and the Cubs’ caught a break. Chisenhall broke for third on the pitch to Reynolds but Reynolds was called for interference and by rule Chisenhall was called out … and the inning was over.
Brooks Raley took the mound for the fifth inning and retired Carson (struck out looking) and Hermida (grounded out to first) to start the inning. Raley then issued a two-out walk to Santos. Lindor followed with a single to left and Stubbs plated both Santos and Lindor with a triple to right center … 10-2 Indians. Kipnis fouled out to Lake to end the inning.
Dale Sveum inserted Brian Bogusevic (LF), Brett Jackson (CF), Johermyn Chavez (RF) and Javier Baez (SS) in the game in the sixth … and brought in Ty’Relle Harris, up for the day from minor league camp, out of the bullpen.
The exhibition game got out of hand at that point. Harris could not throw strikes, and before he could record three outs, the Indians put a three spot on the board.
Casey Coleman became the first Cubs’ pitcher on the day not to allow a run. Coleman kept the Indians off the board in the seventh … and eighth innings.
Jorge Soler worked a one out walk against Trevor Bauer in the seventh and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Logan Watkins drove a 3-1 pitch into center that plated Soler. Watkins advanced to third on a throwing error. Javier Baez grounded out to first, Watkins scored. Brett Jackson ended the seventh with a pop out to Lindor in shallow left.
Johermyn Chavez made it 13-5 with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth off Trevor Bauer.
Marcus Hatley, up for the day from minor league camp, kept the Indians off the board in the ninth. Hatley had issues with his command as well. Hatley walked a batter, struck out one and gave up a hit in the ninth.
The Cubs went down in order against Bauer in the ninth to end the game.
The Cubs make the short trip to Scottsdale to face the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields on Tuesday afternoon. Scott Feldman is scheduled to face Jeff Francis.