Spring Training Game #23: Indians 4, Giants 3
Carrasco impresses as Cid's heroics back Tribe
West Coast night games were always a bit of a pain for me as a fan and now as a baseball writer. For natives of the Eastern Time Zone like myself, a 7:00 pm first pitch out west means we’ll be burning the midnight oil back home to follow the game action. It always helps when the Indians win, though, and even better when its done in dramatic fashion. That was the case Saturday as the Indians (13-8) turned to Delvi Cid, a visitor from minor league camp, to claim a walk-off 4-3 victory over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants (8-9).
- Kipnis 2B (Phelps 2B)
- Cabrera SS (Hernandez SS)
- Chisenhall 3B (Hunter LF-CF)
- Reynolds 1B (McGuiness 1B)
- Giambi DH (Diaz DH)
- Raburn LF-3B (Rohlinger 3B)
- Carson CF (Lattimore LF)
- Marson C (Santos C)
- Carrera RF (Cid RF)
The young and once highly-touted outfield prospect Delvi Cid now has a memory to last a lifetime as he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with runners at the corners and two outs after the Giants had gone up 3-2 in the top of the inning off relievers Matt Albers and Joe Martinez. With just one swing of the bat, the pitch from right-hander Mitch Lively found itself plugging the gap in right-center field for a game-winning RBI triple in front of a sellout crowd at Goodyear Ballpark.
It’s like he never left. Tribe all-star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera made his return to the Indians’ spring training camp last week after spending time with Team Venezuala in the World Baseball Classic. In his first at-bat against the Giants on Saturday, Cabrera hammered a pitch from young right-hander Chris Heston deep into the Arizona night for a solo blast to give the Tribe an early 1-0 lead. Cabrera is batting .318 with six RBI in Cactus League play this year despite the brief interruption for the WBC.
The rest of Cleveland’s scoring came courtesy of veteran first baseman and designated hitter Jason Giambi, who broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a solo blast of his own. Giambi, vying for one of the open bench spots, is now hitting .192 this spring with two home runs and four RBI’s. Indians manager Terry Francona has spoken highly of Giambi and expressed how much he would like to have him on the ball club this season, which seemingly makes him a front runner for one of the remaining bench openings.
Right-hander Carlos Carrasco had arguably his best performance of all of spring training thus far on Saturday night as the starting rotation candidate pitched five dominant innings, including four in which he retired the side in order. The lone mistake Carrasco made came in the second when Roger Kieschnick led off the inning with a double followed by a two-out RBI single by Ricky Oropesa. Otherwise, Carrasco’s start was pristine although he did get quite a helping hand from some fine glove work in center field by Matt Carson.
Left-handers Rich Hill and Nick Hagadone came into the game each having not allowed a run all spring. Needless to say, nothing changed for either pitcher as both came away with a pair of shutout frames. Hagadone worked some serious voodoo to work out of his inning, though, as he had loaded the bases with one out and walked away unscathed. Hill was added to the 40-man roster last week, so it would seem that he’d have one of the bullpen vacancies locked up. Hagadone likely scored some major points with Terry Francona after his performance Saturday as the Tribe manager continues to ponder the remaining roster moves and decisions.
Quick Game Facts:
- The 11,023 fans at Goodyear Ballpark Saturday night set a new record for attendance in the facility’s four years of existence.
- Asdrubal Cabrera’s home run in the first inning was his first of the 2013 Cactus League campaign.
- Outfield prospect Delvi Cid’s walk-off RBI triple marked his first major league runs batted in. Cid scored Quincy Lattimore and Omir Santos with his triple.
Sunday – Indians vs. Reds at Goodyear Ballpark 4:05 ET:
Indians baseball takes to the airwaves of SportsTime Ohio once again as the Tribe and Reds do battle in Goodyear. The Tribe will send opening day starter Justin Masterson to the mound where he’ll face off against Mat Latos. SportsTime Ohio will also debut its new affiliation with Fox Sports. The channel name and number will remain the same and the shows and personalities will retain their positions with the network. The Dolan family sold the rights to SportsTime Ohio to Fox Sports last year, which many believe is what led to the team owners spending so much on free agent contracts this offseason.
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