Pineda allows first runs of spring vs. Indians
Top prospect fans three against largely Major League lineup
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Top prospect Michael Pineda allowed his first runs of Spring Training as the Mariners and Indians settled for a 5-5 draw after 10 innings on Friday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.
Pineda, who is vying for a spot in the Mariners' rotation, allowed two runs on four hits in three innings of work. The right-hander struck out three and walked one. Entering the afternoon, Pineda had logged four shutout innings in Cactus League play.
"I know today in the lineup there was a lot of big leaguers," Pineda said. "That's good. I want to throw in the big leagues, you know?"
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The Indians broke through against Pineda in the second inning, when designated hitter Travis Hafner doubled to left field for his first extra-base hit of the spring. Three hitters later, Jack Hannahan drove a pitch from Pineda to right field for an RBI double that put the Tribe on the board.
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera tagged Pineda for a solo home run in the third inning, but the young pitcher rebounded by retiring the next three batters in order. Hannahan was hit by a pitch in the fourth and later crossed home plate on a run-scoring single from second baseman Orlando Cabrera.
Cleveland right-hander Mitch Talbot, who has a spot in the starting rotation, was charged with three runs on five hits in three innings against Seattle. In all this spring, Talbot has surrendered 14 runs on 15 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Seattle second base prospect Dustin Ackley got things rolling against Talbot with an RBI single in the second that plated Matt Tuiasosopo. Ackley drew a walk in the fourth and sixth innings and scored each time on a sacrifice fly by Josh Wilson. Jack Cust and Chris Gimenez also drove in runs for the Mariners.
"Overall, I didn't think we threw enough strikes as a team," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "We threw close to 190 pitches. That's way too many pitches. Five walks. Four hit batsmen. Way too much traffic out there. We were able to control the damage, but I felt that we didn't pitch well again today."
Right-hander Chad Durbin -- who has a spot in the bullpen after signing a one-year contract with the Indians on March 1 -- allowed one run in his one inning of work in his Cactus League debut.
Up next for Mariners: Blake Beaven, a 22-year-old right-hander acquired in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Rangers last season, makes his first Cactus League start when the Mariners host the A's in a 12:05 p.m. PT start at Peoria Stadium, live on Gameday Audio. The 6-foot-7 hurler has given up six hits and four runs in four innings of work this spring. Luke French and closer candidate Brandon League follow.
Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez is expected back in the lineup after missing two games while flying to Florida to be with his father-in-law, Braves coach Luis Salazar, who was hospitalized after being hit in the face with a foul ball. Felix Hernandez will throw four innings in a Minor League game at the Mariners complex in the morning, rather than face the American League West rival A's for a second consecutive game.
Up next for Indians: Opening Day starter Fausto Carmona takes the mound for the Indians on Saturday when the Tribe hosts the Angels at 4:05 p.m. ET at Goodyear Ballpark. Right-hander Josh Tomlin, who is battling for a spot in Cleveland's rotation, is also scheduled to pitch. The game will be televised in Ohio on SportsTime Ohio and aired live on the Indians Radio Network and WTAM 1100AM. Fans can watch the game online with MLB.TV or listen live with Gameday Audio.