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2.28.2013

Mariners Top Tribe Starters; Gomes Keeps Hitting

Nino Colla | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips
Mariners - 5 | Indians - 1
[BOXSCORE]

The Indians suffered their second straight spring loss at the hands of the Mariners. That's far from the story though.

All everyone is talking about is the fire alarm going off that went off to delay the game for a few minutes.

Damn spring training ballparks, they just don't make them as well as they used to.

The problem in this one wasn't the fire alarm, but rather starter Corey Kluber who came on in relief to pitch the fourth and fifth innings. He had a solid fifth, but struggled in the fourth giving up three runs off five hits. He was touched up for a solo home run and Francona said he just didn't look right in the first.

"In his first inning, he was up a little bit," Francona said of Kluber. "Maybe he was trying to do too much. In the second inning, he settled down and was using his nice little sink and everything, and it was much more fluid."

Kluber's spring is off to a rough start, but again, it still isn't even March and he has plenty of time to build back up and put himself into the discussion for a rotation spot. He'll really have to show something here on out though.
Photo - Chuck Crow via Cleveland.com

Myers Goes Three: Starter Brett Myers also gave up a solo home run, his only blemish on the day, to the same guy Kluber got touched up by, Carlos Peguero. Otherwise he gave up one other hit and walked one in his three frames. 

In the Pen: The pen was solid with Rich Hill, Cody Allen, Nick Hagadone, and Matt Langwell all pitching a scoreless frame each. Hagadone and Langwell struck out a pair each and didn't allow any baserunners.

Hitting Gomes: He just keeps collecting hits, and in this one he accounted for 1/3rd of the Tribe's hits on the day. Yan Gomes doubled and singled in both of his at-bats. Fellow hot-hitters Ryan Raburn (0-2, walk), and Mike McDade (0-2) went hitless. Ben Francisco had a hit and a walk.

The Run: Jesus Aguilar had one at-bat, but he made it count with the only run of the game, a sac-fly that scored Giovanni Urshela. 

Next Game: The Indians will be traveling to Surprise to take on the Texas Ranger in the usual 3:05 tilt. In pitching action will be Zach McAllister (starting), Daisuke Matsuzaka, Trevor Bauer, and the final appearance for Vinnie Pestano before he leaves for the World Baseball Classic.

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