So, maybe the Indians really are that improved …
Today’s game was one of those you chalk up to it being “just Spring Training,” and move on. It was uuuugly.
- Alberto Cabrera had a rough day
throwing batting practicemaking his first Spring start. In his 2.2 innings of work, he walked just one, which is swell. He also gave up seven hits, including two homers and two doubles. All told, he left having given up five earned runs.
- His immediate relief didn’t fare much better, with Brooks Raley once again struggling (2.1 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 ER). At least Casey Coleman threw a couple scoreless innings, walking none, striking out two, and allowing two hits.
- Alfonso Soriano had a homer and a double in his two at bats, which is probably about all he needs to get ready for the season. Then again, it’s quite cold in Chicago in April, so you may have to wait until May or June before you see a truly productive Soriano again this year.
- Brian Bogusevic’s streak of reach base in seven consecutive plate appearances came to a close.
- Johermyn Chavez homered in late relief of Scott Hairston.
- Junior Lake played third again today, but logged his second error of the Spring.