Cy Young winners Jake Arrieta and Corey Kluber didn’t disappoint in their Cactus League outings Wednesday.
Neither pitcher served up a run, and the Indians’ Giovanny Urshela greeted Arrieta’s replacement, Pierce Johnson, with a leadoff home run in the third to lead Cleveland to a 5-3 victory over the Cubs.
Chicago’s Jeimer Candelario connected on a solo shot in the fifth, and John Andreoli hit a two-run homer in the ninth.
Arrieta, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner who is coming off a 22-6 season and 1.77 ERA, struck out the first two batters he faced, and finished with four strikeouts over two innings. His fastball registered 96 mph on the stadium radar gun.
“I’m at exactly where I thought I would be,” Arrieta said. “No aches or pains, bumps or bruises. Now I’m on my five day [routine] which is important for me. Tomorrow, I can go through my normal routine.”
— Carrie Muskat
Source:: Muskat Ramblings