Tomlin Struggles In Third Straight Outing; Royals 6, Indians 4
By Mike Brandyberry
Another Indians defeat was not the trend that had many concerned after Sunday’s contest, but the ineffectiveness of Josh Tomlin has some fans starting to scratch their heads. The Indians lost to the Royals, 6-4 with Tomlin allowing all six runs over his four innings of work.
Tomlin allowed two runs in the first, second and fourth inning before leaving the exhibition game. He allowed ten hits, walking no one and striking out two. The concern isn’t over one bad outing but a spring that has been riddled with them. Tomlin is 0-1, with a 10.50 ERA in four games and 12 innings pitched. He has also allowed two home runs. Some of speculated that Tomlin is still have issues with an elbow that sidelined him for the final month of the season. He, and the organization, have both contended that Tomlin is sound and healthy.
Once Tomlin left the contest, the Indian bullpen thrived. Chen Lee worked two scoreless innings before giving way to Frank Herrmann and Nick Hagadone. Each threw one scoreless frame, striking out two apiece. Hagadone has had a good spring to date, while Herrmann has struggled. Each are fighting for one of the available bullpen spots with the Tribe.
Offensively, Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs in the top of the fifth inning and Shin-Soo Choo followed with a run scoring single in the same inning. Choo had two hits on the day. Russ Canzler, Ryan Spilborghs and Lonnie Chisenhall each had hits as they continue to fight for roster positions. Casey Kotchman returned after missing a week with a sore back, but left after only four innings. No word if he was scheduled to depart or had an additional setback.
Tomorrow the Indians will host the Los Angeles Dodgers at Goodyear. Jeanmar Gomez, who has not given up a run this spring and was named the leader for the fifth starter job, will get the start. The game can be seen on Sports Time Ohio at 4:05 ET.
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