Wednesday night the Indians split a pair of Cactus League decision, topping the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2, at Goodyear Ballpark while taking a 13-0 loss across town against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium.
In Goodyear, the Tribe’s victory was powered by the bat of left fielder Jordan Luplow, who was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.
Carlos Carrasco was solid, going 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.
Luplow connected for a two-run homer in the 1st inning and sealed the game with an RBI-single in the 6th after Carlos Santana (hitting .372 this spring) doubled to open the frame.
Second basemen Max Moroff added an RBI-double in the three-run 1st. Right-handers Neil Ramirez, Dan Otero, Adam Cimber and Michael Peoples followed Carrasco with scoreless relief outings.
Over in Scottsdale, Giants southpaw and former Indian Drew Pomeranz shutdown the Indians, going five innings of no-hit ball in the Giants runaway 13-0 win.
Pomeranz walked four and struck out eight Indians in the win for the Giants.
Leonys Martin picked up the Tribe’s first hit with a one-out single in the sixth. Jake Bauers, Roberto Perez and Connor Marabell also collected base knocks.
The Indians lost second basemen Jason Kipnis in the bottom of the first when he left the game for precautionary reasons with right calf tightness.
San Francisco held a 9-0 advantage by the end of the 4th and pushed the lead to 13-0 at the close of the 6th, as Adam Plutko struggled, taking the loss (3.2IP, 10H, 9R-ER, BB, 3SO, HR).
Today the Tribe will take on the Texas Rangers in Surprise, AZ at 4:05pm Cleveland time.
Mike Clevinger will make his fourth appearance/third start of the spring against lefty Drew Smyly for the Rangers.
The game will be televised on SportsTime Ohio and aired on WMMS 110.7 FM, the Indians Radio Network and Indians.com.