Indians Post First Win of Year in Cactus League
The Indians evened their Cactus League record on Thursday, blitzing the Reds with a barrage of offense en route to a 12-3 win.
Cleveland banged out 12 hits to support Carlos Carrasco, who pitched two perfect innings and got the win, striking out two batters.
The Indians popped 3 homers over the wall as Elliot Johnson ripped a 2-run homer in the 4th.
The next inning, Jake Lowery hit a grand slam to put the game out of reach.
Just to be certain, Tyler Naquin belted a 2-run homer in the 7th inning. Three swings of the bat accounted for 9 runs.
Not a bad day in the sun of Goodyear, Arizona.
Justin Masterson started and pitched a scoreless first inning.
Corey Kluber was touched for 2 runs in the second. Carrasco pitched the 3rd and 4th inning and the offense tied the game on the Johnson 2-run shot. In the fifth, the Indians took the lead for good on an Erik Gonzalez ground rule double that plated Nyjer Morgan.
Eight different pitchers held the Reds to just three hits.
The Indians and Reds meet again on Friday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.