A sacrifice fly by Chad Huffman and Tony Sipp's second save of the Cactus League season Monday earned the Indians a 9-8 victory over Oakland at Goodyear Ballpark. After Adam Everett and Luis Valbuena opened the eighth inning with consecutive singles to put runners on first and third, Huffman hit a fly ball to right field to score Everett with the eventual game-winning run. Sipp, a set-up man by trade, retired the first two batters in the ninth before walking the next two. The second walk was to Chris Carter and that was probably a good idea because Carter hit two long homers in his previous two at-bats. "Those were the two hardest balls I've seen hit this spring," said manager Manny Acta. "That was the last guy I wanted to see up there right then." Sipp retired Jason Donaoldson on a fly ball to center to end it. Carter hit a leadoff homer off the scoreboard in left field in the sixth to tie the score, 6-6. In the eighth, he hit a two-run homer to right field to tie the game again, 8-8. Jeanmar Gomez gave up both homers. Travis Hafner's RBI double and Shelley Duncan's two-out RBI single gave the Indians a 8-6 lead in the seventh. Oakland closer Andrew Bailey left the game in the seventh with discomfort in his surgically repaired right elbow. The Indians took a 6-5 lead in the fourth when Orlando Cabrera scored from third base on a ground ball that should have been a double play. Orlando Cabrera and Asdrubal Cabrera started the inning with singles to put runners on first and third. Shin-Soo Choo sent a grounder to Carter at first. He stepped on first for one out, but in the ensuing rundown Asdrubal Cabrera safely reached second and Orlando Cabrera scored to break a 5-5 tie.
Indians use 13 hits to beat Oakland, 9-8, in Cactus League play
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 15