The Cleveland Indians mustered up enough runs to beat the Chicago White Sox by the score of 9-7 in spring training action on Friday, March 1, 2013. With the win the Indians improve to 6-3 on the spring while the White Sox fall to 3-2.
Offensively for the Tribe, Mike McDade had a fantastic day batting 2-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Matt Carson continued to fight for a spot on the team as he batted 1-2 with a home run and three RBIs on the day as well. In all it was a solid offensive day for Cleveland who finished with nine runs and 10 hits.
Starting pitcher Justin Masterson struggled on the mound giving up four runs on six hits including two home runs in just 2 2/3 innings pitched. On the bright side he did strike out two batters.
''The sinker is the one they hit,'' Masterson said. ''They were all elevated sinkers. I threw some good ones. When I got on top, you could see them, they were diving nicely. ''When they were good, you could see the guys swing over the top. It's nice to see those mixed in, the good ones. We're close. We've still got a month.''
Most impressive on the mound was Scott Kazmir who is fighting for the No. 5 spot in the Indians’ rotation. Kazmir finished the day allowing just one hit with three strikeouts in his two innings of work.
Cleveland will continue their spring schedule taking on the San Diego Padres on Saturday, March 2. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. EST.
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