By Mike Brandyberry
In a month where winning and losing doesn’t really matter, the Tribe has become very good at accomplishing neither. Wednesday the Tribe played to their second straight tie, this time tying the San Francisco in ten innings, 2-2.
Offensively, the Tribe scattered nine hits throughout the lineup but the majority of the production came from Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera had three hits, including a double in the contest and Trevor Crowe came off the bench and chipped in two hits of his own. Crowe is battling for an outfield spot, but probably more just to get back on Manny Acta’s radar since he missed almost all of last season with injuries. Shin-Soo Choo remained on his hot spring and Matt LaPorta also had a double.
Derek Lowe led the staff through four innings, allowing a run on only two hits. Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano worked scoreless innings, while Tony Sipp allowed a run in his inning of work. Scott Barnes worked the final three innings, shutting out the Giants to keep the game deadlocked. Barnes is a dark horse to make the team, but has been impressive in the first couple weeks of exhibition games.
Thursday the Tribe is expected to send some players back to minor league camp and thin the major league roster. Currently the Tribe has 59 players in camp. Also on Thursday the Indians will take on the White Sox with Justin Masterson getting the start. Frank Herrmann, Jeremy Accardo, Chris Ray and Dan Wheeler are all slated to pitch in relief.
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