GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Break up the Royals. Bet you haven’t heard that for awhile. Not since the ’80s, when nobody thought to call Kansas City a small market team, what with all the winning.
Things might change once the regular season starts, but right now the Royals are kings of the Cactus League with a 15-2-2 record after beating the Indians 5-3 Thursday at Goodyear Ballpark.
Zach McAllister was roughed up for three runs, five hits and one walk in 3⅓ innings, and Trevor Bauer gave up two runs and five hits in four innings, but he struck out four.
“I think Zach had trouble getting into a rhythm, though at times he found it,” manager Terry Francona said.
But the manager had praise for McAllister in an unexpected area.
“He did a great job holding runners,” Francona said. “That’s something we want him to do.”
Last year, McAllister gave up 18 stolen bases (tied for 10th worst in the league), even though he pitched only 125⅓ innings.
“Bauer got some pitches up, but sometimes he does that by design,” Francona said. “And he still had that great change-up.”
Lonnie Chisenhall continued to pound the ball, hitting his third home run of the spring plus a double to raise his batting average to .419.
“I know I’ve said this before,” Francona said, “but when you see a guy hit the ball with authority the other way, you know he’s doing everything right. It’s beautiful to see. I think Lonnie is feeling good about himself.”
Matt Carson hit his fourth homer of the spring in just 14 at-bats, and Ryan Raburn doubled in his only trip to the plate to lift his average to .444.
“B” game wrap-up
Corey Kluber threw four scoreless innings, giving up three hits and one walk in a seven-inning “B” game against the Seattle Mariners Thursday.
Cody Allen, Rich Hill and Matt Capps each threw one scoreless inning, with Allen giving one hit and Capps two. None of the Tribe’s three relievers issued a walk.
Watch out for sneezing
Lou Marson is fighting a stomach ailment, and he might not be the only one.
“He has some intestinal turmoil,” Francona said. “You know how those things go once they start in a clubhouse.”
The Indians travel to Maryvale, Ariz., to play the Milwaukee Brewers today. Brett Myers will start against Chris Narveson.
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