Francisco shines in loss to Royals
Outfielder collects two hits, two stolen bases in Cactus action
ROYALS 9, INDIANS 4
at Goodyear, Ariz.
March 7, 2009
Royals at the plate: David DeJesus' perfect day at the plate (2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly) paid off with four RBIs. Willie Bloomquist went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple. John Buck kept his average above .500 (.538) with a two-run double in the first. Coco Crisp (2-for-2 plus a walk) raised his spring average to 471.
Indians at the plate: Ben Francisco went 2-for-3, driving in two of the Indians' runs while also stealing two bases. Asdrubal Cabrera also went 2-for-3, matching the total of hits in his first four games. Beau Mills' second homer of the spring, a solo shot in the fourth, accounted for Cleveland's other run.Royals on the mound: Starter Kyle Davies stretched out to 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs, while striking out three without a walk; the runs were the first he has allowed this spring in 8 2/3 innings. Horacio Ramirez was equally impressive in his four innings, limiting the Indians to three hits and a run -- a far cry from his first three Cactus innings -- 12 hits and nine runs (albeit only three of them earned). Indians on the mound: Starter Aaron Laffey started another rough day for Tribe pitching by allowing four hits and three runs in his lone inning; Cleveland has given up 80 runs in its first 10 exhibitions. Lefty Zach Jackson quieted the Royals offense by holding them to a pair of hits and a run in the three middle innings. Jack Cassel had on odd outing, being hit hard by four of the first five men he faced -- including the DeJesus and Jacobs homers -- then retiring his last five batters. Cactus League records: Royals 5-3-2; Indians 3-6-1 Up next: Zack Greinke, who had a rocky outing last Tuesday against the Indians, will start for the Royals at 3:05 p.m. CT on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Surprise Stadium. Greinke gave up four runs in three innings against the Indians as he stayed with his fastball and changeup, Who knows? Maybe this time he'll break out his breaking pitches. Robinson Tejeda, Matt Wright and Roman Colon also are scheduled to face the Brewers, who will start Yovani Gallardo.
The Indians will head back to Phoenix for their second road date with the A's on Sunday, and the lineup will feature the return of Grady Sizemore from the left groin strain that forced him to pull out of the World Baseball Classic. Sizemore will be limited to DH duties, which he'll share with Travis Hafner, who is also scheduled to get two at-bats. Right-hander Kirk Saarloos gets the start.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.