GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Melky Cabrera homered for the first time this spring and also had an RBI double, and starter Scott Carroll pitched three scoreless innings before the Cleveland Indians pulled away for a 9-4 Cactus League victory over the White Sox (10-8-1).
Before the Indians piled up seven runs against minor league pitching, the Sox showed more than a few good things in the field and at bat. Jerry Sands made an over the shoulder catch on the left-field warning track and Jacob May laid out for a diving grab in right-center field – the center field prospect’s second such play of the spring.
Second baseman Brett Lawrie and third baseman Todd Frazier also made tough players (although Frazier also made an error), and center fielder Austin Jackson and first baseman Jose Abreu had nice games in the field. Frazier and Cabrera each had two hits, Cabrera getting a double and his first homer of the spring against Carlos Carrasco. The Sox have 30 homers, second in all of spring training.
Garcia misses second day
Right fielder Avisail Garcia missed a second day with a bruised right wrist. Garcia also had a root canal done, but is expected back Tuesday, manager Robin Ventura said.
In addition to a diving stop in short right field in the Sox’ shift to take a hit away from Michael Brantley, Lawrie scored a runner from third with a ground ball to short and probably deserves a tip of the cap for sprinting to second on a Cactus League infield pop-up.
Rodon on the backfield
Carlos Rodon threw six innings against Sox minor leaguers Monday morning and wasn’t pleased to allow three earned runs on seven his and four walks. Rodon threw 89 pitches. “It’s good to see those guys can hit. That’s awesome,’’ Rodon said of the lower-level prospects he faced. “It was a rough one. Fastball command was not good, although I’ll take some positives out of it, some good changeups out of there and I worked on the slider a little bit, got it back again.”
On deck: Giants vs. Sox, Glendale, 3:05, CSN, Jake Peavy vs. Mat Latos, who makes his first Cactus League start.