Masterson, Choo Shine In Tribe Loss; Padres 5, Indians 2
By Mike Brandyberry
Every team reminds their fan base in March that wins and losses don’t mean too much, but development and preparation for April and the long season ahead is the priority. The Tribe took a step in that direction on Saturday despite losing to the San Diego Padres, 5-2.
Justin Masterson rebounded from a horrid first start, throwing three innings, scattering four hits, striking out four and only allowing one run. The Padres did most of their damage against the Tribe Opening Day starter with two outs. Joe Smith followed and allowed two runs in his inning of work. Smith has struggled early in Cactus League play.
Vinnie Pestano worked another scoreless inning and Scott Barnes worked two scoreless. Each pitcher has not allowed a run in Spring Training. Hector Ambriz allowed a solo home run in the eighth to give the Padres their final run. Jeremy Accardo allowed a run in the ninth. With the exception of Smith, the Tribe had good efforts from pitchers expected to make the big league roster.
Offensively, Shin-Soo Choo crushed a home run to right center field in the bottom of the fourth inning to get the Tribe on the board. Choo also had a double and a walk on the day, but is looking to be fully healthy and focused after a disappointing 2011. Russ Canzler doubled home Andy LaRoche in the bottom of the seventh inning. Canzler is hitting .308 early in the spring, while competing for a spot on the Indians’ roster. Canzler played his first spring game in left field. He is trying to make the team as a super utility player who can play all four corner positions.
Sunday the Indians will take on the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim at 4:05 pm ET. The game can be seen on MLB Network and heard on MLB.com.
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