Scottsdale, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Corey Kluber pitched seven strong frames in his final exhibition outing to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 triumph over the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday at Salt River Field.
Kluber (1-1) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings, with seven strikeouts and one walk to earn the victory. Scott Atchison got the save after pitching a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.
Arizona’s Wade Miley (0-2) was not as impressive, giving up three runs on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout in 4 2/3 innings.
“I just wasn’t executing pitches,” said Miley. “I was leaving fastballs over the middle of the plate, really wasn’t getting ahead, so I was leaving them in fastball counts so they were able to sit on things. Just wasn’t very good.”
The Indians got on the board in the second inning when Matt Carson doubled to right with one out, moved to third on a groundout and then scored when Nyjer Morgan legged out an infield hit.
Elliot Johnson led off the third for the Indians with a single and moved to second when Miley walked Nick Swisher. Johnson then scored when Jason Kipnis singled up the middle as the Indians went up 2-0.
In the fourth, Morgan was credited with an infield hit when Miley was late covering first base on a grounder hit to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
David Murphy then ripped a double to the gap in right-center to score Morgan and give Cleveland a 3-0 advantage.
Rudy Flores and Sean Jamieson drove in runs during Arizona’s two-run seventh inning after reliever Josh Collmenter worked 2 1/3 hitless innings.