Mariners 5, Indians 5(10)
Seattle’s Michael Pineda and Cleveland’s Lonnie Chisenhall, two
rookies with bright futures, look good under the glaring Arizona
Pineda allowed his first two runs of the spring in his bid for a
rotation spot and still got a glowing report from pitching coach
Carl Willis following a 5-5 tie with the Indians in a game called
after 10 innings on Friday.
”He looked good again,” Willis said of the right-handed
Pineda, who struck out three over three innings.
”He got into a little bit of a rush, which caused him to leave
the ball up in the zone and get hit,” Willis said. ”But he stayed
with it and didn’t get all flustered. He’s got a big fastball, a
good feel for the change and he’s still in the mix. We’ve got some
decisions to make.”
Last year, Pineda went 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA in Double-A, then 3-3
in 12 starts at Triple-A at age 21.
The big right-hander helped cool off Chisenhall, a 22-year-old
trying to win Cleveland’s third base job. Chisenhall came in
hitting .524, but struck out in the second against Pineda and again
in the fourth against veteran Nate Robertson.
Those two at-bats won’t decide whether or not the 2008
first-round pick goes to Cleveland or back to the minors. Neither
will his early surge, according to general manager Chris
”Lonnie has had a very good camp,” Antonetti said, ”But we
are mindful of his entire body of work, what our scouts tell us and
we don’t base decisions on just 25 at-bats here. That outlook can
change, but it is based upon much more than just getting
Chisenhall hopes to force manager Manny Acta into a tough
decision. Former shortstop Jason Donald has the inside track on the
starting job with veteran Jack Hannahan and Chisenhall making runs
Hannahan played first base against the Mariners, had two hits,
scored twice, and made a fine diving stop of a hard-hit grounder.
Signed to a minor-league contract, Hannahan is hitting .400.
”I’m trying to gauge where everybody is actually at,” Acta
said. ”There’s still 20 days to go here. I can say, ‘Hey, if
anything happens or with a little bit of polishing, this guy can
come up and contribute.’ That’s what I want to do with some of the
highly touted guys.”
Josh Wilson had two RBIs and Matt Tuiasosopo two hits for
Seattle. Adam Everett and Austin Kearns joined Hannahan with two
hits for Cleveland, which got a solo homer from Asdrubal
Cleveland’s Mitch Talbot gave up five hits and two earned runs
over three innings. That lowered his ERA to 17.55 after three
NOTES: Mariners rookie OF Johermyn Chavez was hit by a pitch
three times. … Seattle has eight players along with manager Eric
Wedge and coaches Willis, Jeff Datz and Robby Thompson who were
recently with Cleveland. … Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, an
ex-Indian and ex-Mariner, signed autographs with benefits going to
the Bob Feller Museum in Iowa. … In the morning, Indians RHP
Anthony Reyes, rehabbing from elbow surgery, threw 31 pitches to OF
Grady Sizemore, recovering from knee surgery. Sizemore put two in
play, missed two, and fouled off six. Both reported feeling fine.
… Cleveland sent eight to the minors including 2010 first-round
pick, LHP Drew Pomeranz, and signed C Carlos Santana and RHPs
Jeanmar Gomez and Josh Tomlin for 2011.