ANAHEIM, Calif.: Despite using eight relievers who combined to throw 8⅔ innings Tuesday night, manager Terry Francona elected not to ask for reinforcements to be flown in from Columbus for Wednesday’s series finale with the Angels.
“We could have,” the manager said, when asked if the logistics would have prevented a pitcher from getting to the ballpark on time. “But I’d have a hard time sending a guy down after last night. That would have sent the wrong message.”
The relief corps held the Angels scoreless, allowing nine hits.
Francona was short of bullpen help Wednesday and jokingly told starter Justin Masterson to be ready for a long day.
“I saw him eating breakfast and told him, “Be ready to throw 190 pitches today,’ ” the manager said.
ALMOST READY — Ryan Raburn hasn’t played since Sunday because of a minor calf injury, but he should be back when the Tribe begins a homestand Friday.
“I’m sure with the day off tomorrow, he’ll be good,” Francona said.
TRIVIA PURSUIT — Danny Salazar has struck out 29 in 23 innings, which is the second most strikeouts by a Tribe pitcher (since 1921) in his first four career starts.
Herb Score is No. 1 on that list with 40 strikeouts.
Among all active pitchers, Stephen Strasburg leads with 41 in his first four starts, and Felix Hernandez is second with 30. Salazar is tied with Johnny Cueto for third place.
FARM FACTS — Paolo Espino (4-4, 3.83 ERA) gave up one run and six hits in five innings in Columbus’ 5-3 win over Norfolk. Jeremy Hermida hit his 17th home run of the year. … Erik Gonzalez had three hits and Paddy Matera had two hits and three RBI, as Carolina fell to Salem 10-9. Joe Wendle had two hits and two RBI. … Luis Lugo pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, in Lake County’s 6-0 loss to Lansing. … Caleb Hamrick gave up one run and three hits in six innings, but Mahoning Valley lost to Jamestown 4-2. … Clint Frazier hit his fifth home run of the season and singled, as the Arizona League Indians beat the Dodgers 7-5.
— Sheldon Ocker