3/4 Indians 13, Cubs 5
Alfonso Soriano and Johermyn Chavez each hit solo home runs but it was not nearly enough as the Indians pounded 20 hits in a 13-5 victory over the Cubs on Monday. Lonnie Chisenhall was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Nick Swisher was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Drew Stubbs had two hits and three RBIs. Mark Reynolds also homered for the Tribe. In his first start, Alberto Cabrera gave up five runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings, striking out one.
There was some concern in the Cubs’ first when Darnell McDonald hit a line drive that deflected off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco.
“I was going to check on him but figured since he threw two, three more innings, he was good,” McDonald said.
Carrasco struck out Luis Valbuena to open the Cubs first, then was hit on the side of his head by McDonald’s liner. The ball apparently deflected off his glove. Carrasco fell to his knees on the mound, and was tended to by the Indians athletic trainer, but he did stay in the game and lasted three innings.
“I definitely thought I had a knock right there,” McDonald said of the liner off the pitcher. “Most important, you don’t want to see anyone get hurt at this time of year. For him to stay in the game and do what he did, I knew he was OK. I’ll just keep trying to hit the ball hard and hopefully, it’ll fall in there. Right now, it’s about feeling good and getting in a groove.”
* Looking ahead to Tuesday’s game against the Rockies, the Cubs will not use a DH for the first time this spring and Scott Feldman will hit for himself. Here’s the early lineup:
— Carrie Muskat