CLEVELAND, Ohio – An intrasquad game is the same as another, right? Run five or six rounds to get closer to one day of the opening day when you will face someone other than your teammates.
On Tuesday evening, at Progressive Field, the Indians played match 6 intrasquad, but it was far from trivial. Shane Bieber was working against some of the best hitters on the Indian list and was annoyed that he had no calls. It made pitcher Carl Willis happy.
The regular season opens at nine days and Bieber will make this debut against the Royals. If it creates an internal fire for this game, there is nothing wrong with that, said Willis.
“I told her I was really excited,” said Willis. “He got a little pissed off tonight with maybe a few swings that may not have been called. We didn’t have a third base umpire. He is definitely in competition and this is important. But it was a lot of fun to watch tonight. “
Tuesday’s split team again presented manager Terry Francona’s team against coach Mike Barnett’s team. The Francona team used only seven batter. Left field player Agustine Rivero, the team’s interpreter, did not strike. That meant the lineup was spinning faster than normal and Bieber saw Cesar Hernandez, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and Tyler Naquin – the top five hitters in the lineup – far too many times for his liking.
“I think where I started to get a little warm I was like, ‘Dude, these are seven of the best hitters in the league,’ said Bieber, ‘and we only had seven hitters in this lineup, so I saw the fourth time and it was the sixth round. In a real game, you usually have a lot of trouble if you face them four times in the sixth round. So I said to myself, “Man, I need every swing and every misfire I can get. So yes, it was funny. ”
There were only three referees working the game, which left the third goal unmanned, but Bieber didn’t need much help. He allowed one run on five hits in six innings. He pulled out 10, including the last five, and walked two.
In the sixth, he pulled Hernandez, Ramirez and Lindor in order.
Willis said that the modification of Bieber, a terrain that has sometimes proved difficult for the right-hander, came into play in the last innings.
“It looks like he has faced Frankie and Jose in every heat he has contested, and Carlos Santana,” said Willis. “We saw control swings and swings and failures, even the last batting, with Lindor after he got behind in the count. So I think this is a field on which he has worked a lot, seen an improvement. it’s going to be a big part of his repertoire here in 2020. ”
It was Bieber’s second departure for Spring Training II. He ran five innings for the first time, but stumbled after opening the game with six straight outs. On Tuesday, with the exception of Santana and Naquin who managed consecutive doubles in the fifth, there was no trip.
Willis felt that the difference between the two starts was the change.
“I think tonight’s change was really, really effective,” said Willis. “He plays with a little bit of different grip, and all of a sudden he starts to create a little more depth on this field. . . – I think we see that all are meeting right now. “
Barnett’s team used six lifters. Five of them did very well, including James Karinchak who retired to avoid batting outs. On July 9, Karinchak ran four rounds in one round so he was headed in the right direction. Karinchak, Hunter Wood, James Hoyt and Adam Cimber allotted one point in five combined innings. Anthony Gose was not so lucky.
He started and finished the fifth with a strikeout. Between the two, he walked two, giving a single to Oscar Mercado and a grand slam to Domingo Santana in the 1-1 draw. Gose is a converted fielder and the Indians love his arm. Tuesday night, his first throw was 99 mph.
“He’s a great athlete,” said Willis. “It’s really about him continuing to learn to pitch and learn his body and his body movements. When he attacked the strike zone, we obviously saw that the first throw of his exit was 99 mph.
“It’s a good fast ball. It is a powerful ball which, I think, must throw a little more often for strikes. But with his athleticism, when you look at the short period of time he actually launched, I think we’re going to see that happen. It’s exciting to watch. It really is. “
Carlos Santana and Naquin each had two hits for Francona. Christian Arroyo led in Barnett’s first run in the second with a single. Bobby Bradley scored after doubling the top of the left wall with two outs.
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