Goodyear, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Jake Lowery hit a grand slam while Justin Masterson pitched one scoreless inning as the Cleveland Indians scored five runs in the fifth en route to a 12-3 thumping of the Cincinnati Reds in Thursday’s Cactus League game at Goodyear Ballpark.
Lowery, in his first at-bat, crushed Ismael Guillon’s 1-0 pitch for a grand slam that helped the Indians pull away and improve their record to 1-1.
Masterson, Cleveland’s likely Opening Day starter, pitched one scoreless inning with one hit and two strikeouts while Carlos Carrasco (1-0) pitched two strong innings with two strikeouts to earn the victory
“In a live game, you get a little amped up early on,” Masterson said. “That’s always my battle — getting a little amped up. I had to settle down a little bit and try to throw some four-seamers and some sinkers.”
Johnny Cueto, who made three trips to the disabled list last season with a strained right lat muscle, showed no signs of trouble as he pitched two scoreless innings with one hit, two walks and two strikeouts.
In the first inning, Cueto gave up a one-out double down the left-field line to Mike Aviles before escaping. His two walks came in the second inning but he escaped by getting a lineout and a strikeout.
“I felt great. I felt nothing,” said Cueto, who started the previous two Opening Days for the Reds.
Cincinnati scored first in the bottom of the second against Corey Kluber when Zack Cozart hit a two-run double to left field before he was thrown out at third base trying for a triple.
In the top of the fourth against Reds lefty David Holmberg, Elliot Johnson hit his first home run of spring with a game-tying two-run shot to left field on a first pitch.
The Reds lifted Corcino with the bases loaded. Lefty Ismael Guillon’s first batter, Jake Lowery, crushed a 1-0 pitch for a grand slam to right field.
Prospect Daniel Corcino entered for the Reds in the fifth and struggled to allow four runs with one hit and three walks. Corcino gave up an RBI ground-rule double to left field by Erik Gonzalez.
The Reds lifted Corcino with the bases loaded but Guillon gave up a grand slam to Lowery that gave the Indians a 5-2 lead.
With one out in the sixth against Guillon, Nyjer Morgan hit a RBI double off of the wall in right-center field. Guillon let another run in on a wild pitch.
It was the first game this spring as a third baseman for Indians star Carlos Santana, who converted from catcher. Santana played two innings in the field without a ball being hit his way.