3/20/2013 7:45 P.M. ET
Brantley's three hits pace Indians against Halos
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tommy Hanson left with triceps tightness and Trevor Bauer gave up four runs in the third inning on Wednesday, as the Angels beat the Indians, 6-5, at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Hanson, slated to be the Angels' fifth starter, gave up a couple of first-inning runs on a two-run double by Michael Brantley, then breezed through the second and third frames before feeling some tightness in his right triceps. He was removed at the start of the fourth inning for precautionary reasons.
"I felt fine," Hanson said. "I think they're just taking the cautious route."
Bauer, competing for the fifth spot on the Indians' staff, faced the minimum in the first two frames. But in the third, the 22-year-old right-hander gave up a double to Brendan Harris, a single to Howie Kendrick, a run-scoring groundout to Albert Pujols -- starting at designated hitter -- and a sharp single to Josh Hamilton, putting his team in a 4-2 hole.
"He got a third inning where he threw so many pitches, we really weren't comfortable letting him go back out," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He had good velocity and good life on his arm, and a good changeup. But there's still some inconsistencies, but I think that's to be expected."
Bauer -- up against Carlos Carrasco, Scott Kazmir and Corey Kluber for the last rotation spot -- owns a 4.50 ERA in 14 Cactus League innings.
"I made a lot of improvement today," said Bauer, who walked three, struck out none and gave up five hits. "It's Spring Training. It's about getting ready to go for the season and I did a good job of that today. The results obviously weren't the greatest, but I'm happy with it."
Brantley went 3-for-3 for the Indians, Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer and second baseman Cord Phelps went 2-for-4. Lefty reliever Nick Hagadone held the Angels scoreless through 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.
"That's one of the longest home runs I think I've ever seen," Francona said. "I wish we had been in a real ballpark, because that was really pretty. Off a left-handed pitcher, that was gorgeous. His bat's got so much life in it.
"When [Hagadone] commands," Francona added, "he's almost unhittable."
For the Angels, Kendrick went 2-for-4, giving him a hit in all 15 of his starts this spring and putting his batting average at .511. Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a hard lineout and Pujols hit a stand-up double in four plate appearances.
Lefty reliever Sean Burnett, taking over after Hanson was removed from the game, was charged with three runs in the fourth, with Chisenhall's homer and Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-loaded walk giving the Indians a 5-4 lead. But the Angels came back with a run in the fourth and fifth innings, on an RBI single by Harris and a go-ahead RBI single by Trumbo.
Up next for the Indians: Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 5.54 ERA this spring) is scheduled to take the mound on Thursday, when the Indians head to Salt River Fields in Scottsdale for a 4:10 p.m. ET Cactus League tilt on MLB.TV against the D-backs. Carrasco, who missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, is up against Scott Kazmir, Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber for the fifth spot in the Tribe's rotation. Joe Smith, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw and David Huff are also slated to pitch for Cleveland. The game will be televised on SportsTime Ohio and a live webcast will be available on Indians.com.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.