Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4
Carlos Carrasco had a so-so day in his push for the fifth spot
in the Cleveland Indians’ rotation.
The competition dwindled to two players – Carrasco and Scott
Kazmir – after the Indians’ sent Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber to
Triple-A Columbus on Thursday morning.
That afternoon, Carrasco gave up four runs on eight hits in the
Indians’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Michael Brantley hit a three-run home run on a 3-0 fastball from
Arizona’s Ian Kennedy in the first inning.
”Nice swing,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ”That’s
the way you swing at a 3-0 pitch. That was good. We had a good day.
We got a bunch of at-bats early.”
Carrasco allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings. He
struck out three and walked four.
”I think he continues to show good stuff,” Francona said.
”The one inning when they got the runs, we lost a ball in the sun,
things like that, and then they hit the ball hard. I think he’s
making progress. His arm is good. He looks healthy. I think it’s
exciting. That’s the best way to put it.”
Kazmir, who is having an outstanding spring, gets his next start
on Saturday against Seattle in Peoria.
Francona said Bauer understood the decision to have him open the
season at Triple-A Columbus. Bauer, known for his quirky warmup
regimen, was the No. 3 draft pick overall by Arizona in 2011. He
was traded in the offseason to Cleveland as part of a three-team
”He was great – very insightful,” Francona said. ”We ask as
many questions as we talk, because that’s part of it. He’s in a
good place. We tried to impress upon him – I know today is the day
we sent him down – but it’s really not. It’s really the start of
Kennedy, Arizona’s opening day starter, was tagged for five runs
on nine hits in five innings. He struck out seven. Kennedy has
allowed nine runs in his last two outings. He acknowledged some
fatigue, especially after he had to outrun the Diamondbacks’ speedy
rookie Adam Eaton when both scored, from second and first, on
Martin Prado’s double over the head of Brantley in left field.
He said that, with an extra week added to spring training
because of the World Baseball Classic, he and a lot of his
teammates just want the season to start.
”You ask a lot of us, we’re ready to go play at Chase
(Field),” Kennedy said, ”get the real games going. But for me, I
want to get one more start in to get my pitch count up to know I’m
happy and feeling ready.”
Kennedy said he was unhappy with the way he threw his
”I felt like I left a lot of pitches over the plate,” he said.
”I’m not saying my command felt that great but after I had to run
the bases, Eaton behind me, I had to go from zero to 100 with Eaton
behind me, so I got a little tired.”
He said he threw about eight or 10 additional pitches in the
Manager Kirk Gibson said he’s not concerned about Kennedy being
ready for the opener.
”He struggled, obviously,” Gibson said, `left some balls out
over the plate. I didn’t think he got his off-speed stuff over
early, got behind, left some fastballs out over the plate and they
beat on that pretty good. He got a little frustrated as well but
overall his arm’s good, he’s throwing the ball good, his velocity
was good today. I think we’ll see more consistency from his
secondary pitches next time out”
NOTES: Cleveland’s Omir Santos drove in two runs with a double
and single. … Kennedy’s ERA this spring rose to 7.59. … The
crowd of 12,574 was another Diamondbacks’ home sellout. …
Brantley was coming off a 3-for-3 game with two RBIs against the
Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.