2013 Indians Spring Training Game #36: Reds 1, Indians 9
Myers strong in final spring tune-up as Tribe buries Reds in Cactus League finale
It was a great day to be an Indians minor leaguer at Goodyear Ballpark as the fledgling featherheads lit up Reds pitching in the latter innings of Saturday’s Cactus League finale between the interleague Buckeye rival Reds and Indians as the Tribe came out on top big time 9-1 over Cincinnati.
Indians finish their 2013 Cactus League campaign in the win column at 17-16-2. Carlos Santana powered the Tribe with a double and solo home run while prospects Dorssys Paulino and Adam Abraham enjoyed multi-hit days at the plate. Veteran starter Brett Myers earned the win after five dominant innings of work in his final tune-up before the regular season.
Bourn CF (Carson CF, Booth CF)
Cabrera SS (Paulino SS)
Kipnis 2B (Toole 2B)
Swisher 1B (Abraham 1B)
Brantley LF (Raburn LF, Myles LF)
Santana C (Lavisky C)
Reynolds DH (Marson DH)
Chisenhall 3B (Aviles 3B, Hernandez 3B)
Stubbs RF (Moncrief RF)
Myers (W, 2-3)
Perez (H, 1)
Outfield prospect Bryson Myles came into the game in the top of the fifth inning in place of Ryan Raburn in left field and over the course of three plate appearances drove in four runs via sacrifice fly, single and double. The 23-year-old is entering his third season with the Indians organization after spending 2012 with the single-A Lake County Captains.
Top Indians infield prospect Dorssys Paulino and 2012 Eastern League Playoff MVP Adam Abraham combined for five hits, an RBI and four runs scored in six at-bats Saturday. Outfielder Matt Carson also drove in three runs with an infield RBI single in the fourth and a two-run blast to left field in the sixth.
Brett Myers has had fans questioning his ability to transition back into a starting pitching role this spring after spending the entirety of the 2012 season as a reliever between the Astros and White Sox. The veteran right-hander has struggled with inconsistency and longevity issues in Cactus League play this spring as he had given up 22 runs in 16 innings of work heading into Saturday’s game.
Against the Reds, Myers pitched five innings and only allowed one run on three hits without walking a batter and striking out three. Perhaps Myers’ transition back to a starter is finally coming full circle. We shall see when he starts in the third and final of the opening series against the Blue Jays.
As far as the bullpen is concerned, all went well in Saturday’s game as closer Chris Perez, seventh inning sidearmer Joe Smith and youngsters Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen each got in one last inning of work before the season. Perez in particular was hoping to finish the spring on a high note after getting roughed up for four runs on Thursday by the Padres. On Saturday, Perez faced the minimum in a shutout inning of work. The Tribe closer is said to be fully recovered from the shoulder strain which sidelined him for much of spring training and is expected to be available if needed on opening day.
Quick Game Facts:
- Indians finish their Cactus League series against inner-state rival Cincinnati with a 4-0-1 record.
- 18-year-old infield prospect Dorssys Paulino made his first appearance in big league camp Saturday and went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
- Brett Myers’ five innings pitched on Saturday marks his longest of his 2013 Cactus League campaign.
Up Next: Indians vs. Blue Jays regular season opener @ Rogers Centre. First pitch at 7:07 pm ET.
Well, it’s finally here! Opening day in Toronto as the Indians will meet the Blue Jays. Right-hander Justin Masterson will be on the mound against knuckleballer and reigning National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Both teams are coming off seasons in which they finished in the basement of their respective divisions, but had extremely productive offseasons in which both clubs added several new major components to their rosters via trade and free agency.
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But it's still great to have the Indians back. And thanks to the ownership for all the new players. As bad as attendence was last year I expected them to plead poverty and give us a 2013 rotation of Masterson, Ubaldo, McAlister, Kluber, and Dice-K, with an outfield of Brantley, Fedroff, and Carerra. I figured they would sign another Casey Kotchmann to play first.
But they exceeded my wildest hopes and now we actually have a legitimate major league player at every position. Should be a very exciting season. It will be nice to have some power and speed for a change.
And, this is certainly the first time I recall the Indians starting the season at night on a weeknight- it's always been in the daytime (even if we were starting on the West Coast, it was daytime there, and usually here too). Interesting start time to say the least.