3/23/2013 7:56 P.M. ET
Naquin, Ramirez spark big sixth-inning rally in win
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Indians Minor Leaguers Jose Ramirez and Tyler Naquin, the team's 2012 No. 1 Draft pick, had back-to-back doubles in a five-run sixth inning as Cleveland overtook the Mariners for a 10-5 victory Saturday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.
"That was really fun today," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Our young kids, and they're really young, they looked like they belonged out there. That was really exciting."
Mariners starter Blake Beavan, one of four candidates for the final two spots in Seattle's rotation, allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 16 hits in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.
Raul Ibanez hit his fourth homer of the spring and Justin Smoak had a pair of doubles as the Mariners bounced back against Indians starter Scott Kazmir, vying for a No. 5 starter role with the Indians. Kazmir got the victory after allowing five earned runs on 13 hits.
"It was kind of a weird day," Francona said of Kazmir's outing. "Early on, it looked like he was kind of fighting it, trying to use all his pitches. He was up a little bit. And then I thought he found his fastball. He gave up a lot of hits, but still I thought he looked OK. He just gave up a bunch of hits."
After the Indians had rallied from a two-run deficit to take the lead on on back-to-back homers by Cord Phelps and Jason Giambi in the third, the Mariners took the lead back in the fifth on Ibanez's two-run shot and an RBI double by Minor Leaguer Michael Dowd.
Twice, players were carted off the field with injuries. First, it was Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, who was struck on the right side of the head by a bat at the end of a swing by Indians prospect Francisco Lindor, sustaining a large bump on his head but no concussion. Then, Indians outfielder Matt Carson was carted off with a laceration on his forehead and a neck strain after hitting the fence in right field face first while chasing down a ball.
The Mariners scored two runs in the first after leading off the game with four straight hits, capped by Smoak's first double, but Kazmir settled in somewhat after that, eventually throwing 85 pitches, 60 for strikes. Beavan threw 100 pitches in his 5 1/3 innings of work.
Up next: Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (2-0, 4.91 ERA this spring), who is lined up to be Cleveland's No. 2 starter, is scheduled to log seven innings on Sunday, when the Indians host the Cubs in a 4:05 p.m. ET Cactus League clash at Goodyear Ballpark. Relievers Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw and Jerry Gil are also slated to pitch for the Tribe. The game will be available on MLB.TV and televised on SportsTime Ohio, and will be available on the radio on WTAM 1100 AM and on the Indians Radio Network.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.