SURPRISE, ARIZ.: Depite giving up a combined three runs and eight hits in five innings, manager Manny Acta praised the workmanship of Mitch Talbot and Josh Tomlin in the Indians' 11-9 loss to the Rangers today.
""I liked the way Talbot threw first-pitch strikes,'' Acta said. ""Only one guy was ahead 1-and-0. I also liked the way Tomlin went to his curveball the last inning. It's a good pitch, and he needs to throw all his pitches.''
Talbot started and threw two innings, gving up two runs and four hits, including a home run and a double. Tomlin gave up one run and four hits in three innings.
The biggest run producer for the Tribe was Matt LaPorta, who walloped a grand slam and a single. LaPorta came into the game with one hit (a double) in nine at-bats.