3/16/2014 6:51 P.M. ET
Swisher supports solid effort from Harang
Non-roster invitee bolsters rotation case by allowing one run in four innings
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nick Swisher tallied a pair of hits, including his first home run of the spring, while fifth-starter candidate Aaron Harang tossed four solid innings to outduel Tim Hudson as a split-squad Indians team downed the Giants, 5-1, on Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd at Scottsdale Stadium.
Harang, in camp as a non-roster invitee after signing a Minor League contract in February, finished his afternoon allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three in his four frames. In nine total Cactus League innings, Harang has surrendered two earned runs on eight hits.
As for Hudson, he went 4 2/3 innings in his fourth Cactus League outing, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks. He threw 100 pitches.
"I got a lot of work in today, stretched my pitch count up, but I need it," Hudson said. "I got two or three more starts to get ready for the real thing so I need all the work I can get."
The Indians got the scoring started in the first, pushing across a run courtesy of consecutive Michael Bourn and Swisher singles followed by a bases-loaded walk to Lonnie Chisenhall.
Bourn left the game after the top of the second for "precautionary reasons" with left hamstring tightness.
Down a run early, the Giants answered with a rally of their own in the second, stringing together a Juan Perez triple and Brandon Crawford's RBI single to left on an inside-out swing to tie the game.
An inning later, Swisher returned the lead to the Indians for good, taking Hudson deep to right field for a solo homer. A misplayed fly ball by Perez in left field led to another run in the frame as Cleveland went ahead 3-1 on Chisenhall's double-play groundout.
Still up by a pair in the eighth, the Indians tacked on two insurance runs on Chisenhall's RBI triple to center and David Cooper's RBI single to right.
Up next: After two split-squad road outings Sunday, the Tribe will return to Goodyear Ballpark on Monday to take on the Reds at 4:05 p.m. ET. The game will give the Indians another opportunity to test out MLB's new replay system and will be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio. Right-hander Corey Kluber (0-0, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to face off against Reds righty Mike Leake (0-0, 3.60), with John Axford and Josh Outman among the Cleveland relievers scheduled to throw.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.