CLEVELAND, Ohio – This is a tense time for players, managers, and front office executives trying to assemble their squads for the big league for the April 1st opening day.
Indian right-hander Cal Quantrill, who had reported a chance for a place in the rotation in spring training, allowed six runs with six hits in 2 2/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox at Camelback Ranch on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona. In his last three appearances this spring, Quantrill has allowed 10 earned runs with 13 hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Back at the Indian Complex in Goodyear, Arizona, left-handed Logan Allen threw 4 2/3 innings in a B game against the Mariners. Everyone who fought their way into rotation allowed two well-deserved runs with three hits. He hit six and went two.
On another front, Trevor Stephan, a rule 5 choice, threw 1 1/3 perfect innings to Quantrill’s relief. On the way he turned down four. Do the Indians keep him on the 26-man roster or are they offering him to the Yankees for half the $ 100,000 it cost to draft him in December?
Just one thing. Adam Plukto, who has run out of options, makes a name for himself in the Bullpen. He came to camp and fought for a rotation position, but is now in the bullpen. He threw two goalless innings against the White Sox on Saturday.
The Indians have nine games left in spring training and these decisions will be made every day.
Quantrill started the first with two quick outs. The next five batters hit all bases as Chicago took a 4-0 lead. Eloy JImenez double with two runs, Yasmani Grandal gave him a single and Zack Collins scored Grandal with a double.
“You have to put the pedal on the metal when you get two quick outs,” said Quantrill. “I let them in again. A couple of bad places and that’s the difference. “
After Quantrill’s recent appearances, pitching coach Carl Willis said his two-seamed fastball was moving too much.
“I need to control the count a little better,” said Quantrill. “I fell behind too many guys and gave them the opportunity to make good turns. That’s not quite what we’re looking for. But I think the two-seater is on the right track. We just have to find out that lead. “
Manager Terry Francona said: “He’s frustrated right now. But the button will be turned on and this will be a distant memory. “
Chicago made it 6–0 in the second when two runs scored on a throwing error by catcher Austin Hedges. Stephan, Oliver Perez, Plutko and Nick Sandlin did not allow a run in the last 5 1/3 innings.
Cesar Hernandez led the offensive with three of the nine hits by the Indians. Jordan Luplow made his first appearance in the Cactus League and went 0-3. Luplow has dealt with a left ankle injury.
“I actually thought he swung the club pretty well,” said Francona. “He hit the one ball that was a borderline home run (third inning) from a guy who was throwing about 98 mph to 99 mph (Dylan Cease). The very fact that he looked healthy and made pretty good turns was really encouraging. “
The Indians scored their two runs with a sacrificial flight from Bradley Zimmer in the eighth and a wild pitch in the ninth that allowed Ryan Lavarnway to score.
Next: RHP Shane Bieber (0-2, 5.87) will face Texas and LHP Taylor Hearn (0-0, 4.70) at 4:05 p.m. EST at Goodyear Ballpark. SportsTime Ohio and WTAM will carry the game.
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