2013 Spring Training Game #15: Cancelled
Stubbs hits homer and steals base before rains came
Well, looks like I have an easy recap, but I didn’t get into the writing business for easy. I got in because of my love and passion for the game of baseball, so rain delays, postponements and cancellations really bum me out. But unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t appear to take my and many fans’ passion for baseball into consideration Friday as she drenched the entire Cactus League and washed out a lot of games.
The Indians and Royals were no less shielded from the inclement weather even though they did get nearly two and a half innings in before the grounds keepers were forced to roll the tarp out on the infield in Surprise, Arizona. After a delay of over an hour, the game was officially cancelled with a makeup unlikely. At the point of the delay Kansas City owned a one-run lead over the Tribe at 3-2; however, since it was too early in the game neither team would receive the win or the loss and both the Indians (10-5) and the Royals (11-1) will maintain their pregame Cactus League records.
- Stubbs RF
- Raburn 3B
- Francisco DH
- Gomes C
- Phelps 2B
- McDade 1B
- Carson CF
- Fedroff LF
- Hernandez SS
Indians center fielder Drew Stubbs is probably more frustrated about this cancellation than anyone. Stubbs led off the game with a solo home run, his first of the spring giving the Tribe an early 1-0 lead. In the third inning, Stubbs basically copied Alex Gordon by doubling, stealing third base (his first steal of the spring) and scoring on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Ben Francisco just moments before rain delayed the game. Because of the game being cancelled, Stubbs and all other players in the game will have their game stats wiped out and won’t count toward their overall spring training stats.
Young right-hander Corey Kluber toed the rubber for the Indians in his fourth appearance of the spring coming off of a strong appearance against the Dodgers last weekend. Kluber got off to a bit of a rocky start in the first when he allowed a leadoff double to Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, who promptly stole third base and scored to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by right fielder David Lough.
The Indians’ defense didn’t help Kluber much as they committed two errors in the second inning, one by center fielder Matt Carson, the other by catcher Yan Gomes. Both errors led to runs scoring and gave Kluber three runs (two earned) off three hits; however, Kluber didn’t walk a batter and did strike out one in his two innings of work.
Quick Game Facts:
- Indians right fielder Drew Stubbs hit his first home run and stole his first base (unofficially) of the 2013 Cactus League campaign. All for naught, though, as today’s game stats will not be recorded.
- Indians catcher Yan Gomes committed his first error of the spring behind the plate though will maintain his perfect fielding percentage at catcher due to the cancellation.
- All six Cactus League games scheduled yesterday afternoon were cancelled or postponed due to rain.
In other news, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has had the stitches in his forearm taken out and is expected to return to the starting lineup by Sunday. Brantley lacerated his forearm in a game against Oakland on February 25th sliding into third base and received 15 stitches.
Closer Chris Perez is continuing to make progress in his recovery from a right shoulder strain and could start a throwing program as early as Sunday. Perez was shut down on February 26th after it was discovered he had a subscapularis strain in his throwing shoulder, which also took him off the Team USA roster for the World Baseball Classic. Perez is expected to be sidelined from game action for the next two to three weeks.
Saturday - Indians vs. Cubs at Mesa:
The Indians will meet the Cubs again in Mesa on Saturday with hopes of building off their 13-6 blowout victory there exactly one week ago. Left-hander David Huff will get the start followed by starting rotation candidate Zach McAllister. The Tribe will also play a “B” game at Goodyear Ballpark against the White Sox. Rookie sensation Trevor Bauer will take the mound in that matchup followed by left-handers Rich Hill and Scott Barnes with right-hander Jerry Gil rounding it off.
Jake Dungan is a communications student at Stark State College and an intern with the Akron RubberDucks. Follow him on Twitter @MajorLeagueJake.