The Indians won another Cactus League game, defeating the Padres 12-7 at Goodyear Ballpark Wednesday afternoon. Carlos Santana was the man of the hour, hitting a two-run homer in the 1st inning, and making a couple nice defensive plays at third base. Lonnie Chisenhall (playing DH) had a pair of hits, including a double. Most of the rest of the damage came in the 7-run 8th inning, done by guys with little shot of making the 25-man roster, but Nyjer Morgan continued to make a case for himself as the 25th man, with a bunt single and a run-scoring double. I don't think he's going to win that spot, but I do think he's putting himself in a position to be the first outfielder called up, should there be an injury.
Corey Kluber (who'll pitch in Game 2 of the season against Oakland) started for the Tribe, going 4 innings. The results were mixed. On the one hand, he struck out 4 while walking none, and the only base runners he allowed in the first 3 innings were a blooper into the outfield and an infield hit. He gave up 4 hits in the 4th though, including 3 doubles, and also threw a wild pitch, as 3 runs scored. On the whole though, he's looked good this spring, and I'm feeling pretty good about him as the team's #3 starter (with the hope that Danny Salazar proves capable of being the #2).
After Kluber departed, John Axford, Josh Outman, and C.C. Lee each pitched a scoreless frame, while Marc Rzepczynski gave up a solo blast to lead off his inning of work, and walked the next hitter before escaping further damage.
The Indians host the Royals tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 ET.