Goodyear- It was a slugfest in Goodyear on Saturday night. Any hitting shortages seen in the season’s first two contests were forgiven after the AZL Indians mashed 19 hits, yielding 13 runs as the Tribe trumped the AZL Brewers.
Ryan Battaglia, who really struggled in his previous 10 AB’s that included 6 strikeouts, bounced back in a positive fashion as he went 2-4 with 3 RBIs including a double a triple. He looked much more comfortable at the plate, putting the ball in play in each of his four AB’s.
Another day, another Jorge Martinez mashing as he went 3-4 with an RBI and BB. Martinez has been exceptional thus far; he’s played in all three games and is hitting .583 in the infancy of the season.
Young Taiwanese starter Shao-Ching Chiang started the game going just an inning and giving up a run on two hits. He looked a tad nervous in his debut, from my standpoint, and it showed as he got into a few hitter’s counts early.
22-year-old Nicholas Pasquale was outstanding in his four innings. He’s definitely the veteran of the club and played the role of it as he downed Brewers’ hitters, striking out two and walking none in his workload on Saturday. The righty was just assigned to the AZL after playing for Mahoning Valley. Pasquale’s fastball topped out at right around 88 mph.
The sixth inning was the true “good morning, good afternoon, and good night” inning for the Tribe as they put a five spot on the board, making it a 10-1 game. Five base hits, two walks and some good base running fueled the offensive fire for the Tribe. It was an impressive showing from virtually the entire lineup.
Seven of the nine Indians had multiple hits, four of them with three hits. Simply put, the Tribe did not miss any of the Brewers mistakes, and there were plenty as demonstrated by the box score. The team had taken its off day on Friday and were hitting all morning at the Goodyear complex. It sure looks like the results carried over to Saturday.