The Cleveland Indians finally were able to keep an opposing team under 4 runs in beating the Chicago White Sox 9-4 today. I was able to watch this game via mlb.com and here were some random thoughts from the game.
Fausto Carmona: Was able to force seven ground outs in three innings, but got in some two out trouble in the 2nd inning. Seems to be pitching okay; not a serious concern early in camp with walking guys.
Anthony Reyes: Pitched a scoreless three innings, was successful moving the ball all around the zone. Allowed just one walk and has yet to give up a run in Cactus League action. Reyes has pretty much locked up the number four spot in the rotation.
Vinnie Chulk: Two scoreless innings, 3 K's. Dark horse for 7th slot in the pen.
Matt Herges: 40 year old struck out the side. Has received praise from Wedge and may be an option for the 7th spot in the pen as well.
Grady Sizemore: Simply went 3-3 with 2 RBI and looked fluid on the base paths. Grady is fine and look for him to have a career year in 2009 with the added punch to the lineup. Also hit well off of two lefties, which is a great sign as he only batted .224 against lefties in 2008.
Victor Martinez: 3-3 with 2 RBI. Victor hit a fastball in on the hands out into center field, hit a gap with another single, and seems to be fully back from his various ailments of 2008.
Chris Gimenez: 0-1, BB. Didn't do much but I believe he will be on this team after the All-Star break due to his enormous position flexibility. Currently hitting .385.
Beau Mills: 0-4, 1 RBI. Beau struggled with the outside in-the-dirt curve ball from lefties and seemed to be over-guessing on pitches, but is still only about to begin his second full year in pro ball. If Mills has a big year in Akron, the Indians will have an interesting decision to make at first base in 2011.
Tony Graffanino/Andy Cannizaro: 5-7, two doubles, 1 home run, and 3 RBI. The Italian duo auditioned themselves well as utility guys for the Indians minor leagues or possibly a big league job at the end of camp. Cannizaro is probably the leader in the clubhouse to play short in Columbus.
Matt LaPorta: 0-4, 3K's. Bad game for LaPorta at bat, and also fumbled the ball out in right. Still hitting .316 and will see a lot more time this spring.
Michael Brantley: 2-3, double, 2 runs scored. Both of Brantley's hits were to the opposite field and showed some nice speed on the bases. Putting together a nice spring, with a .368 avg. and looking pretty fluid in the outfield.