The Los Angeles Angels, led by four triples in the third, scored eight runs, six earned, against starter Trevor Bauer en route to the Angels 11-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday.
Tribe Pitchers Not Sharp Again
Indians pitchers, who surrendered 15 hits on Thursday, were hit hard again on Friday. A combined eight hurlers allowed 17 hits against the Angels. Starter Trevor Bauer pitched 3.1 innings and allowed nine of those hits, including four triples and a home run. He walked none and struck out four. The Angels also knocked in runs off Jeff Manship and Austin Adams, although Manship was able to notch three strikeouts in his inning of work.
Despite only scoring five, Tribe hitters were able to spread out 13 hits over the nine innings at Goodyear. Michael Bourn continued his solid spring, going 1-for-3 at the top of the lineup and driving in a run. Francisco Lindor contributed with two RBIs and Yan Gomes was perfect on the day, going 2-for-2 with a walk.
Francona Still Pleased with Bauer’s Outing
MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian’s piece following the game contained a number of quotes from Bauer and Francona about the pitcher’s, statistically speaking, poor performance. Terry Francona told reporters, “It’s one of those things where, since it’s Spring Training, I would say that we’re thrilled with where he’s at arm strength wise.” He continued by saying he would hope to see some “refinement” with location.
Bauer agreed with his skipper’s assessment, but added that “the two most important takeaways from [Friday] are Duke won – that’s No. 1 – and no walks.”
What to Look for on Saturday
-It will be important to keep an eye on Kyle Crockett. The left hander walked one on Friday before exiting with a tight hamstring. He is considered day-to-day.
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-Will Jason Kipnis reenter the lineup? Kipnis was scratched on Thursday due to back spasms, and he did not see any action on Friday. It would be reassuring to see Kipnis this weekend, even if just in a pinch hit situation.
–Danny Salazar hopes to impress in his start against the Rockies on Saturday. The Tribe will tackle one-half of a Rockies’ split squad at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday.