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3.09.2013

McAllister Goes Four Strong, Indians Pummel Cubs

Nino Colla | Saturday, March 09, 2013 | | | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

Indians - 9 | Cubs - 2


David Huff started, but Zach McAllister was the starter that did the job against the Cubs in the Indians latest spring win. McAllister went four scoreless giving up just three hits and striking out three in relief to help lead the Indians.
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McAllister picked up the win as the Indians bats picked up the momentum, but prior to, Huff struggled in giving up runs and throwing the number of first-pitch strikes he wanted.

McAllister meanwhile did the exact opposite and was awesome. So, that's good. The Indians need a fourth starter (and a second, and a third, and a fifth....) so McAllister getting himself on track is a really welcome site.

Huff gave up two runs off four hits in his three innings, but he did not walk anyone and struck out three. It was really one blemish as the two run home run by Javier Baez accounted for all of Chicago's runs.

Kip Goes Yard: Jason Kipnis hit his first home run of the spring, a solo shot in the fourth inning. He's not been on point this spring but he still has plenty of time to round into form. Kipnis is hitting .240 on the spring.

Strong Six: The sixth inning was a five run rally and it had a lot to do with the guy that is Cedric Hunter. Hunter went 3-for-3 with a three run home run and a walk. Um, damn. He's still hitting just .182, and the three hits he had in this game are two more than he's had all spring. 

In Other News: Michael Bourn had a RBI single while Ben Francisco doubled and scored a pair of runs. Juan Diaz knocked in a run, scored twice and walked once. Joining the two-run party was Lou Marson, who had a hit and two walks in his three at bats.

B-Game Bauer: Trevor Bauer got some time in against the White Sox in a minor league game. He threw four innings of work with just a single hit and one walk. He did strike out a pair and was simply working with the minor league camp get his innings in. Scott Barnes, Bryan Shaw, and Joe Smith also pitched.

Next Game: The return of Michael Brantley? Looks like it, as the DH, on Sunday with a 4:05 start. Why 4:05? Clocks ahead, remember? Arizona doesn't take part in that though. Carlos Carrasco goes for the Indians against the Rangers at Goodyear. 

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