Reporting Matt Loede
TEMPE, AZ (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians Wednesday got a look at their hopeful future on the mound, and also took on one of the best in the American League in the LA Angels.
The outcome was mixed, as starter Trevor Bauer allowed four runs, three earned in three innings, and the Indians wound up on the short end of a 6-5 final in front of 8,752 in Tempe, AZ.
Bauer wound up going three innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits. He didn’t strikeout a batter, and walked three.
He also threw a wild pitch in throwing throwing 56 pitches, 30 for strikes.
The Tribe jumped on Angels starter Tommy Hanson for two in the first, coming after Michael Brantley hit a two-run double to center.
The two-base hit scored both Cord Phelps, playing second for Jason Kipnis, and Nick Swisher. The two-out hit gave the Indians a quick 2-0 edge.
Bauer was good for the first two, but ran into trouble as the Angels finally got to him in the third inning. He gave up some hard hits, and wound up giving up four runs, three of which were earned.
Brendan Harris slammed a double to center to make it a 2-1 game and then Howie Kendrick tied the game with a line drive single to center.
The Angels made it 3-2 when Albert Pujols grounded out to give Los Angeles their first lead of the game. They pushed it to 4-2 when Josh Hamilton hit a sharp single to center.
Lonnie Chisenhall, who is having a sensational spring, hit a two-run homer in the fourth to tie the game up at four. Indians manager Terry Francona called it one of the longer homers he has seen.
“The ball just jumps off his bat,” the manager said after the game.
The Indians went up 5-4 when with the bases loaded in the fourth Asdrubal Cabrera drew a walk to bring in the go-ahead run.
The Angels scored two runs in the fourth and fifth to take a one-run lead that would stand over the last few innings.
Harris and Trumbo each had singles for RBI’s in the fourth and fifth off Indians pitchers David Huff and Nick Hagadone to put the Angels up for good.
Thursday the Indians head to Scottsdale to take on the Diamondbacks at 4:05pm EST.
Carlos Carrasco goes for the Indians against Ian Kennedy for the D-Backs.