Josh Tomlin worked five innings last night and was touched for five runs on eight hits, striking out five but surrendering two home runs, and Chad Durbin was rocked for three runs in a third of an inning, as a split San Francisco Giants squad overcame two deficits and dropped the Indians to 13-13 on the spring with an 8-5 victory.
Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana went deep for the Tribe, which led early 2-0 and 3-2 before falling behind 8-3 in the Giants’ sixth. Cleveland tallied single runs in the eighth and ninth to make the final score a little more respectable.
Grady Sizemore played five innings in center field, crashing into a fence, diving and legging out a double in a nice extended stint of game action, although there is, as of yet, no timetable for his actual return once the season begins. Sizemore will no doubt stay behind in Arizona when the Tribe heads north for the beginning of the season and will partake in extended spring training, as many more at-bats are needed before he will be ready to go.
This afternoon the Indians take on the L.A. Dodgers at 4:05. Look for a preview of the game this afternoon.