GOODYEAR, ARIZ.: For one of the few times spring, Josh Tomlin had problems retiring batters, as the Indians lost to the Giants 8-5 Saturday night.
Tomlin extricated himself from a bases-loaded jam in the first and retired the side in order in the second but gave up a two-run homer to Brandon Belt in the third. After an uneventful fourth, Tomlin got in trouble in the fifth, allowing a two-run homer to Roger Kieschnick and a bloop RBI single to Belt.
Altogether, Tomlin gave up five runs, eight hits and one walk, striking out five and throwing two wild pitches in five innings. Late last week, Tomlin was officially named to the rotation. Did he have a letdown after his intensive drive to win the job? Nobody knows for sure.
Chad Durbin took over for Tomlin and the Giants continued to rake, as Durbin gave up three runs, three hits and two walks in just one-third of an inning.
It was a busy night for Grady Sizemore, who played center field for five innings. He caught two fly balls, but he also had to chase down a few hits and tried to make a diving catch of a shallow fly that bounced off his glove for a single. None of this seemed to bother his surgically repaired left knee.
Sizemore came to the plate three times, lining to left, bouncing to first and legging out a double to right, after which he was removed for a pinch runner.
Offensively, Shin-Soo Choo homered with a runner on base in the first inning, and Carlos Santana hit a solo shot in the fourth.