The Los Angeles Angels hit two sets of back-to-back triples in one inning Friday night, tagging Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer during an 11-5 victory over the Indians.
Erick Aybar and C.J. Cron hit consecutive triples in the third against Bauer. Chris Iannetta had a sacrifice fly before Johnny Giavotella and Collin Cowgill followed with back-to-back triples of their own.
Iannetta hit a long home run off Bauer to start the scoring. Bauer gave up eight runs, six earned, and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.
The right-hander allowed home runs to three consecutive Chicago Cubs batters on March 10.
"He’s bound and determined to throw first-pitch strikes," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He came out of the shoot and his fastball was explosive. He just needs some refinement. We are thrilled with his arm strength. Now he just has to stay out of the middle of the plate."
Hector Santiago yielded two runs in 4 1-3 innings for the Angels. Santiago left his previous start early when he was hit on the left forearm with a line drive.
Santiago wanted to get up and down five times to get used to the feel of it, but his teammates made that difficult.
4 triples in 1 inning? Looks like we had a bunch of copycats on the field tonight… & we're completely ok with that! pic.twitter.com/r8kSBd4010
Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis felt discomfort in his back in the batting cage. He is tentative for Saturday but will probably play the next day. … RHP Josh Tomlin pitched four innings in a minor league game. "He was very good," Francona said. "The fact that he could pitch four this quick speaks volumes about how his arm feels." Tomlin had fatigue in his shoulder earlier in camp. … LHP Kyle Crockett left the game with a tight right hamstring.
Angels: Santiago made his fourth start and is working to cement his spot in the starting rotation. He split time in the rotation and bullpen last year.
"I commanded the ball pretty well," said Santiago, who felt a little tenderness from being hit with the line drive in his previous outing. "We’re right where we need to be. A couple more starts and I’ll be ready."
Santiago is more comfortable when he looks around and sees Albert Pujols and Trout behind him.
"Last year I let the big names distract me. Now I feel I can ask them anything," Santiago said.
Indians: Bauer also made his fourth spring start and gave up seven extra-base hits.
"I felt a little outside myself the first two innings," Bauer said. "I was behind in the count the first two. I decided I was going to throw strikes. We aren’t pitching to a game plan. Results are going to be what they’re going to be."
Bauer also said he’s been determined to throw first-pitch strikes.
"One of the takeaways was no walks," he said.
Angels: RHP Jered Weaver gets the ball Saturday against Giants RHP Tim Lincecum.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar will start Saturday against Colorado RHP David Hale.