SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.: Brett Myers has pitched poorly all spring, but never in his first four starts was he so rudely treated as he was Monday night, when the Rockies pummeled him 10 runs, 14 hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Not surprisingly, the Indians lost 18-4 at Salt River Fields.
Myers is being counted on to eat innings and keep the Tribe in games, but that has hardly been his pattern during exhibition season.
In five starts, Myers has allowed 33 hits, three home runs and nine walks in only 16 innings for an 11.25 ERA. And his ballooning ERA wasn’t solely the result of his troubled outing against Colorado. He came into the game with a 7.11 ERA.
Myers got through the first inning without allowing a run, but in the second he faced 12 batters, giving up seven runs and eight hits, including Chris Nelson’s three-run homer.
When he retired only one of the first four batters in the fourth, manager Terry Francona went to the bullpen for David Huff, who fared no better than Myers. In 1 2/3 innings, Huff was rocked for six hits and three runs. He also let in three that were charged to Myers.
The Rockies’ onslaught continued when Rich Hill relieved Huff and gave up four runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
Spring training numbers don’t count for much and evaluating a pitcher on his performances in exhibition games is a dangerous practice. But assuming Myers is trying to get people out rather than merely polish his pitches, optimism among Tribe baseball officials can’t be high right now.
Offensively, Michael Bourn doubled twice and scored; Mark Reynolds doubled, singled and drove in a run; Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall each had two hits, and Drew Stubbs doubled, scored and had an RBI on a ground out.