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2013 Spring Training Game #14: Indians 4, Dodgers 0

Masterson is masterful over four innings

2013 Spring Training Game #14:  Indians 4, Dodgers 0
March 7, 2013
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The wins continue to roll in for the Cleveland Indians as the Tribe defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 to win their third straight game on Wednesday.

Pitching played a huge part in the win as right-hander Justin Masterson pitched four shutout innings and allowed just three hits and struck out three. The performance was especially nice to see considering Masterson allowed four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings of work in his outing last Friday.

The Tribe’s offense was led by catching prospect Yan Gomes, who continued his strong spring and went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Mark Reynolds also had a nice game and went 2-for-4 with a double.

Indians pitchers Rich Hill, Nick Hagadone, Scott Barnes, Preston Guilmet and Matt Langwell all had shutout performances in the contest.

Indians lineup

  1. Drew Stubbs — CF (Cedric Hunter)
  2. Jason Kipnis — 2B (Nate Spears)
  3. Mark Reynolds — 1B (Jeremy Hermida)
  4. Yan Gomes — C (Omir Santos)
  5. Jason Giambi — DH (Mike McDade)
  6. Ben Francisco — LF (Tim Fedroff)
  7. Matt Carson — RF (Chris McGuiness)
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall — 3B (Luis Hernandez)
  9. Ryan Rohlinger — SS


  • Justin Masterson
  • Rich Hill
  • Nick Hagadone
  • Scott Barnes
  • Preston Guilmet
  • Matt Langwell


— It’s been said that the Indians’ chances of competing this year rest on Justin Masterson and fellow right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. So far, both players started the spring with solid outings and then had a poor one. However, Masterson made his third appearance of the spring Wednesday, and it was nice to see that he was able to put the poor outing behind him. Still, his performance does beg the question: What’s next? Will Masterson go out and build off his stellar outing, or will he again scuffle and be prone to the big inning? Spring games are ultimately meaningless, but I think I speak for every Indians fan when I say it would be nice to see some consistency from Masterson and Jimenez. Let’s hope that Wednesday was the start of that. We’ll get a chance to see how Jimenez rebounds from his tough outing in today’s contest.

— How good has Nick Hagadone looked this spring? Well, to be exact, the left-hander has now thrown four shutout innings in four games while striking out seven and walking just one. I will admit that I had been more bullish on Scott Barnes as of late, but Hagadone is starting to change my mind. He is clearly a front-runner for one of the open spots in the Indians bullpen, and he could be an exciting player to watch this year. The stuff is there. Now, let’s just hope that he learned from last year’s mental hiccup.

— Yan Gomes has now gone 7-for-17 this spring with three doubles, a home run and six RBI. He’s been getting a lot more playing time than regular backup catcher Lou Marson, which could mean two things. 1. The Indians are actually looking at Gomes as a viable candidate to open season as the team’s backup catcher or 2. The team has already decided Marson will be the backup, but they’re determined to get a close, hard look at Gomes to see what the future may hold. I’ll go with the latter, but it’s still nice to see that Gomes is taking full advantage of his regular playing time.

— Rich Hill does not get talked about too much, but it does seem as if he could be a candidate to make the Indians’ bullpen. In five games and 4 2/3 innings of work, Hill has allowed five hits, no earned runs while striking out seven and walking three. He is by no means a flamethrower, but he does own an 8.2 K/9 rate for his career. That’s not too shabby, and it would not be a huge surprise if Hill and Hagadone are the two left-handers that earn spots in the Tribe’s bullpen.

Jason Giambi recorded his first hit of the spring on Wednesday. The 42-year-old seems to be a lock to make the team, and he definitely could make for a nice clubhouse leader. Still, am I the only one that’s concerned with the fact that he’s gone 1-for-13 this spring while often facing inferior pitching?

Coming up

The Indians host the San Francisco Giants at 3:05 p.m. today at Goodyear Ballpark. Ubaldo Jimenez will get the start, and he’ll be followed by Cody Allen and Matt Capps.

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User Comments

March 7, 2013 - 7:40 PM EST
OK Tony it's on. I'll bet you a box of Dungeness crab against a box of something good ? from Cleveland Gomes makes the opening day roster. I hear there is perch, pike and walleye back in Lake Erie now. When I left Clevetown you couldn't find a fish and the Cuyahoga River had caught on fire
Singapore Tapis
March 7, 2013 - 6:26 PM EST
Can the Indians find some more washed up pitchers, send them to the Caribbean and hook them up with some HGH like they did with Scott Kazmir? Under-appreciated strategy
March 7, 2013 - 11:40 AM EST
I still consider Gomes a long shot. Bench players rot a lot in April, and no matter what he does this spring, I would be very surprised if he makes the opening day roster. What he is showing though is he could be the first guy called upon if a need arises for a corner utility bat (Raburn fails) or Marson/Santana get hurt. He needs to play everyday and needs some work on his catching, so opening in Columbus would not hurt.
March 7, 2013 - 11:22 AM EST
Gomes came into camp wanting his shot to make the opening day roster- that's why he elected not to go the WBC for Brazil. So far his all around performance has probably won the Indians a couple of games, and kept them in a couple more. Has to be making an impression on Francona and the other players. I am really happy Santana is out there w the DR team- did you see they beat up Cole Hamels- got 28 hits in the game Tuesday? Anyway, this is Yan's shot and he's all over it. Every team that comes out of the pile to contend has a coupla- three guys no one had heard of, to me Yan could be one of those .
March 7, 2013 - 8:26 AM EST
I'm not worried about the last couple of spots on the roster. Giambi is 42 and is 1-for-13 this spring. I don't think he can hit major league pitching anymore. If he makes the team his role will be limited to occasional DHing against a right-handed pitcher.

Carrera had an OBP of .312 with the Tribe last year. That's not going to cut it. Plus, we have plenty of fast centerfielders already.

Raburn is 31 and his BA has declined four years in a row, bottoming out (I assume) at .171 last year in 205 at-bats with Detroit. At least I hope .171 is the bottom. Yeah, he's hitting .500 this spring, but he did the same in spring training last year but couldn't take it north.

Gomes is probably the most interesting guy to me since he's fairly young and he's hitting the crap out of the ball. But they probably want him to play every day in Columbus before they bring him up.
March 7, 2013 - 1:06 AM EST
I'm not too worried about the roster issues. The Indians can easily make three space on the 40-man by 60-day DLing a few guys. Blake Wood is almost a sure bet to go on the 60-day DL....that's one spot for a guy like Raburn. Herrmann looks like he is done for at least 2 months so he would be another 60-day DL that's too. And they could 60-day DL C.C. that is three. Plus, if a guy like Carrera doesn't make the team he has to be put on that is four spots cleared right there.
March 7, 2013 - 12:41 AM EST
I agree with you. I do not want Giambi on this team at all. Especially if it means losing somebody off the 40 man to keep him. If Hill and Kazmir make the team along with Raburn and Giambi that is four spots they'll need to open up on the 40 man roster.

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