Goodyear, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Top prospect Francisco Lindor smacked a go-ahead three-run shot in the seventh to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 6-3 triumph over the Seattle Mariners in Sunday’s spring training showdown at Goodyear Ballpark.
Lindor, in his first big league camp with the Indians after he was selected in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, hit a three-run home run off reliever Logan Bawcom to put the Indians ahead for good.
Preston Guilmet and Travis Banwart then sealed the Indians’ third victory in four outings by throwing two scoreless frames. Colt Hynes (1-1) earned the win after pitching a scoreless seventh while Banwart got the save.
Bawcom absorbed the loss after giving up the three-run shot to Lindor as the Mariners lost for the first time in four spring training games.
Robinson Cano recorded an RBI groundout while Dustin Ackley knocked in two runs for the Mariners, who got two quality innings from 14-year veteran starter Randy Wolf.
Wolf, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, started for the first time since Sept. 22, 2012, allowing no runs on one hit with one strikeout and one walk.
“It was weird being out there, definitely,” Wolf said. “It’s been a long time. Spring Training games you really don’t have that many nerves, but when you haven’t been out there for 17 months, you realize you miss the game a lot.
Wolfe is trying to earn a rotation spot as a non-roster invitee. Injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker have upped the lefty’s chances considerably.
Harang, who spent part of last season with the Mariners, turned in two innings for Cleveland, but surrendered one run on a first-inning groundout off the bat of Cano.
Trevor Bauer replaced Harang and logged two innings, ending with two runs allowed on two hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
The Mariners got to Bauer in the fourth inning, when Dustin Ackley drilled a pitch to deep center field for a long ball.
Cleveland countered with three runs against Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen in the fifth inning. In his Cactus League debut, Indians first baseman Nick Swisher got things started with a fielder’s choice groundout that scored Yan Gomes from third base.
Swisher then scored on a triple from Jason Kipnis, who crossed the plate later in the frame.