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Scoreboard

MLB (Spring Training) Arizona DIamondbacks 3, Cleveland Guardians 1

Colorado Rockies 10, Cleveland Guardians 3

Triple-A – Lehigh Valley IronPigs 7, Columbus Clippers 3

HIGHLIGHTS

Will Benson (RF, Cleveland): 2-3, 3B, HR – Benson finished a double short of the cycle, legging out a triple and an inside the park home run at Salt River Field when Cleveland faced Colorado.

Steven Kwan (LF, Cleveland): 2-3 – Kwan picked up two more hits and went 15-32 this spring and didn’t strike out once. No wonder he made the team. Now, to get him into the lineup…

Bryan Lavastida (C, Cleveland): 1-3, 2B – The double to left off of Zac Gallen in Arizona was Lavastida’s first hit of the spring.

Jose Fermin (2B, Columbus): 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – While his offensive outburst was, to some extent, overshadowed by his disastrous eighth-inning throwing error that put the IronPigs in control of the contest, Fermin’s prowess with the bat before that moment cannot be ignored. Most notably, he opened the run scoring for the entire Guardians organization with a two-run homer that barely cleared the left field fence in the fifth.

BEST OF THE REST

David Fry (1B-3B, Columbus): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – Fry followed Fermin with a prodigious blast to right field that would prove to be the last Clipper run of the season opener.

Mike Rivera (C, Cleveland): 1-2, HR, RBI – Rivera took Austin Gomber deep on a breaking ball at Salt River. He had a pretty solid spring. We’ll see how much playing time he gets this year.

Gavin Collins (C-1B, Columbus): 2-5, 1 K – Collins, who had to move from behind the plate as part of a series of defensive changes after starting LF Chris Roller left the game with an apparent injury (no update as of the time I wrote this), had the second of the Columbus nine’s three two-hit evenings.

Jonathan Engelmann (RF, Columbus): 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K – Engelmann had the third, as well as a spectacular outfield assist on a play at the plate to end the fourth inning. (note to editor, you may want ot clip this pay and insert it here)

Nic Enright (RP, Cleveland): IP, K – In Cleveland’s game at Salt River, Enright tossed a perfect inning and hit 93 and 94 with his heater, which is up from 89-91 that he hit in 2021.

Kirk McCarty (SP, Columbus): ND, 3 IP, 3 H, 3 BB (1 intentional), 5 K, 1 WP – The Opening Day festivities in Allentown included a tightrope act. In this case, a metaphorical one, as McCarty kept all six baserunners he allowed from crossing the plate.

Cade Smith (RP, Cleveland): IP, K – Smith threw in the mid-90s with some mean armside run on his fastball, picking up a K in his spring debut/finale.

Thomas Ponticelli (RP, Columbus): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 WP – Ponticelli continued the high wire act through the middle innings of Tuesday night’s game.

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