Sizemore, LaPorta can't pick up Masterson
Tribe duo totals five hits, three RBIs; starter allows six runs
GIANTS 7, INDIANS (ss) 6
at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Friday, March 19
Indians at the plate: Grady Sizemore and Matt LaPorta contributed RBI singles to Cleveland's three-run third inning. LaPorta stroked another run-scoring single to cap the Indians' three-run seventh. Sizemore went 3-for-3, lifting his average from .214 to .353.Giants at the plate: Buster Posey continued his push for a spot on the Opening Day roster by doubling home Matt Downs on Tony Sipp's 1-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning. Aubrey Huff drove in three runs with a first-inning double and a second-inning single. Eugenio Velez singled twice, tripled and scored twice. Indians on the mound: Justin Masterson struck out four in 3 1/3 innings, but also allowed nine hits and six runs. Jamey Wright was solid in relief, working 2 2/3 shutout innings. Giants on the mound: Jonathan Sanchez lasted four innings for the first time this spring. He faltered only in the third, when he issued both of his walks. Guillermo Mota, unscored upon over four innings in three previous appearances, was the victim of Cleveland's three-run seventh. Worth noting: Kevin Frandsen's third-inning RBI single was a swinging bunt that rolled almost three-fourths of the way up the third-base line. Cactus League records: Indians 8-5; Giants 12-6 Up next: The Indians get their only preseason look at Oakland on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET, returning to Goodyear Ballpark to host the A's. Rotation candidate Mitch Talbot is scheduled to start for the Tribe, and the relievers to follow will include David Huff, also in the running for a starter's job. This weekend could heavily influence the Giants' selection of their No. 5 starter. The wheels begin turning Saturday, when Todd Wellemeyer opposes Cincinnati and left-hander Travis Wood at 1:05 p.m. PT. Wellemeyer has looked strong in four Cactus League outings, yielding two runs while walking only one in 10 innings. But rookie Kevin Pucetas, another fifth-starter candidate who pitches Sunday against Arizona, has been just as effective -- if not more so -- in his four appearances, surrendering three hits and walking none in nine shutout innings. Saturday's game will be on MLB.TV and will mark the first of two scheduled telecasts by Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.