Reporting Matt Loede
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (92.3 The Fan) – For the second straight day, the Tribe walked away from a game with a strange result when it comes to baseball.
After an 8-8 stalemate in 10 innings with the Texas Rangers in Goodyear on Tuesday, today in Scottsdale the team and the San Francisco Giants played to a 2-2 tie.
The game, like Tuesday, went 10 innings, with Scott Barnes throwing three more scoreless innings for the Wahoos.
Manny Acta said that while Barnes has continued to be a positive, he won’t make the big league camp and will start the year as a starter with one of the minor league clubs.
Derek Lowe started for the Indians, and had a good outing, going four innings, allowing a run on two hits with a walk and no strikeouts.
“I’ll take it, there was a lot better command, I was able to get outs and a majority were on the ground,” Lowe said. “It was better than the last one, but no matter how you do you always think you can do better.”
Lowe threw less than 50 pitches in the four innings of work. In his last start in a 12-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, he went three innings, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks.
The Indians got a run in the first. Maybe. Asdrubal Cabrera scored on a double play ball, as Shin-Soo Choo was caught in a rundown at second.
It took awhile and some back and forth to determine if the run should have counted or not, but finally after a little discussion, it was determined the run was good, and the Tribe led 1-0.
San Fran tied it at one in the first when Lowe allowed his only run. Gregor Blanco walked to start the game, and he alertly went to third on a ground out from Matt LaPorta at first to Lowe.
Pablo Sandoval grounded out to score Blanco to tie the game at one. The Tribe went up 2-1 in the fourth when Travis Hafner walked, and went to third on a double by LaPorta.
He scored after Cain was pulled and Mitch Lively threw a wild pitch to Lonnie Chisenhall, which gave the Tribe the one-run lead.
That lasted till the bottom of the sixth when Buster Posey, back after he broke his fibula and tore ligaments in his ankle last season, hit a solo homer with two outs off Tony Sipp to tie it at two.
The game lasted that way over the last four innings, as the teams played 10 total and called it with the tie.
One Indians pitcher who appears to be locked in already for the season is Vinnie Pestano.
With a scoreless inning vs the Giants with a K, he has 5 shutout innings this spring, and opponents are just 2-for-16 (.125) against him with 6 strikeouts.