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2.25.2013

More Offense for Red-Hot Spring Indians

Nino Colla | Monday, February 25, 2013 | | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips
Indians - 14 | Athletics - 10

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I still can't get used to this.

Maybe the Indians do not need a pitching staff. Never mind the fact that most of the starters have been good in their one-two innings pitched, the offense is more than making up for anything right now.

I know I know I know, it is spring, it really doesn't mean much, most of the regulars are not even hitting more than twice in a game. But, we can get a little excited. I'm giving you permission. This is fun, this is nice, there are guys having good spring right off the bat and the offensive performances are pretty exciting to watch.

It also makes these box score recaps fun. Indians, 6-0 in spring games, believe it.

The first few games the Indians have had their starters battling for spots going, but in this one, they had their top two dogs going and both were good.

"Masty was good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He was down. He was in the zone. He threw a couple changeups. I thought Ubaldo had a lot of life on his fastball. I think it was progress, which is really good."

Justin Masterson got the start and went two scoreless with no hits and no walks. He struck out one hitter, which is impressive considering he threw just eight pitches, all of them for strikes. THAT is efficient. All of his other outs were via the groundout.

And even though he gave up a pair of hits, walked someone, and had a strikeout, Ubaldo Jimenez was just as efficient, throwing 15 pitches with 11 of them for strikes. So, a good showing for both guys.
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Yan Gone!: How about Yan Gomes? He was serious about that roster spot and his WBC qualifying performance has apparently carried over to his spring with his new team. Gomes came in for Giambi as the DH and had two at-bats. In one he hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning. In the other at-bat, he doubled home a pair of runs and would later score. Two hits, two runs, five runs batted in. Quite the day.

Rakin' Raburn: In this edition of Rakin' Raburn, the new Tribe addition played a new position and collected two more hits. Ryan Raburn scored a run and knocked in another playing third base and is now hitting .750 thus far. This may be the most intense battle for bench spots, ever.

Other Offense: Speaking of that bench battle, Mike McDade would probably be having most of the attention, because he just seems to be tallying up the hits, he had two more and another RBI in this one. But because of Raburn and now Gomes, he's kind of getting lost. He's hitting .571 though. Also knocking in runs were Cedric Hunter, Michael Brantley, and Matt Carson, who hit a two-run home run.

Bullpen Blowup: Other than Vinnie Pestano, the bullpen did not have a good evening. They gave up all the runs after the first five innings of scoreless-ness. Matt Capps made his debut, giving up a pair, Frank Herrmann surrendered four, and Matt Langwell gave up a pair. Fernando Nieve surrendered one earned, two total, but also struck out the side.

Next Game: The Indians are back at Goodyear for a game with their AL Central friends, the Kansas City Royals. Matt Albers starts a "bullpen day" where not a starter is slated to go. Francona is going with Albers because he doesn't feel Albers will try to do anything different starting, plus Albers has actually started before. Chris Perez, Scott Barnes, and Bryan Shaw will also pitch.

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