Sorry for the late entry, but I got back to the hotel late last night after spending the entire day and night in Goodyear.
I started out heading to Goodyear in the early afternoon to check out their Double-A and Triple-A teams face the Chicago White Sox.
KC Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele’s son played in the Triple-A game for the White Sox and was one of many strikeouts for Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco. He is definitely ready for the season to start,
After Indians closer Cody Allen struggled a bit through the first inning, Carrasco pitched the next five (I think) innings and just flat out dominated the White Sox lineup that included names like Tyler Saladino, Trayce Thompson, Matt Davidson, and Andy LaRoche.
In the Triple-A game, there was not alot of offense until the later innings against both Indians pitcher Nick Maronde and the White Sox relievers.
On the Double-A side, there was a lot more action. Prospect Tim Anderson started at shortstop for the White Sox and still looked smooth on defense.
I got a chance to see Bradley Zimmer play for the first time (Kyle’s little brother). He played centerfield and looked good out there. His plate appearance later in the game (they didn’t have a scoreboard on either field) came to lead off the inning against White Sox knuckleballer Frank Viola the third.
Zimmer singled and first baseman Nellie Rodriguez (who talked just before the at-bat about facing a lefty knuckleballer last season), crushed the second pitch he saw from Viola way out of the ballpark.
After watching the games on the backfields, we headed to watch the big league Indians take batting practice. It was nice to see Jason Kipnis get some swings and he is hoping to play on Thursday.
Now to the game between the Indians and SF Giants.
The Indians top five in their lineup were regulars, while the bottom four were battling for bench roles. They put up a lot of offense, scoring nine runs after putting up eight on Monday.
Brandon Moss hit a bomb way out to right field in the first inning to give the Indians a 3-0 lead off Ryan Vogelsong. Right fielder Jerry Sands would add a tie-breaking two-run shot way over the batter’s eye (and 410 sign) in dead center in the third.
Though Indians starter TJ House allowed four runs in his five inning start, he really only struggled in the third, when he allowed those four runs on four hits and a walk (three doubles). He was quick and efficient over his other four innings.
Former Royal and Giants lefty specialist Jeremy Affeldt struggled through the 7th inning, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk. Fellow former Royal, Adam Moore, doubled in two runs and scored on Carlos Santana’s shot to second base that was missed by Brandon Hicks.
Giants closer Sergio Romo looked ready for Opening Day. He struck out the side in his very quick eighth.
*Former Royal Nori Aoki got the start in left field and batted leadoff. He went 1-for-3. Joaquin Arias played shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Justin Maxwell was the DH and struck out to end the game (one of three strikeouts for Indians minor league closer Austin Adams). Maxwell did have three hits though.
**Today I will be on the Royals backfields to check out the Double-A and Triple-A teams play. Then I will hang around to watch the Royals take on the Chicago White Sox and top prospect Carlos Rodon.