Edell Looks Good In Triple-A Matchup

Ryan Edell

Left-hander Ryan Edell worked three scoreless innings of relief Sunday in a Triple-A exhibition game at the Indians' spring complex in Goodyear, Ariz. Jordan Brown continued his power hitting with a two-run homer for Columbus in a 2-2 tie with Charlotte, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Relievers Randy Newsom and Erik Stiller were effective for Double-A Akron in a 3-3 tie.

Right-hander Kirk Saarloos started for Columbus and allowed three hits, three walks and one run over four innings. He fanned four, throwing 11 first-pitch strikes to 18 batters faced. He topped out at 87 mph, though seemed to be popping the ball harder on most of his 60 pitches.

Edell then came on and allowed one hit and one walk over three frames, fanning four. He was 9-for-11 on first-pitch strikes with a top clocking of 90. He was working both corners of the plate very well.

Lefty Rich Rundles fanned two and allowed one hit over one inning, though his top speed was only 84. Scott Roehl finished up, allowing two hits and a run over one inning. He was 4-for-5 on first-pitch strikes with a top speed of 89.

Second baseman Luis Valbuena was 1-for-3 with two stolen bases; center fielder Trevor Crowe 1-for-3 with a steal; and Class A third baseman Lurvin Basabe 1-for-2 with a steal.

Travis Hafner went 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts as the DH; first baseman Michael Aubrey was 0-for-4.

Akron catcher Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 (both doubles) with a walk and two RBI. Speedy Jose Constanza was the DH, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases.

First baseman Beau Mills struck out in his only two at-bats and shortstop Carlos Rivero was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Newsom had his best performance of the spring, fanning two and allowing two hits over two scoreless innings. He was 6-for-10 on first-pitch strikes. Stiller went 3-for-3 on first-pitch strikes in working a perfect ninth. He needed only six pitches to retire the side.

Starter Steven Wright fanned the first two men he faced and struck out four over four innings. He gave up two hits, two walks and two runs. His top clocking was 90 and he was 13-for-17 on first-pitch strikes.

Sung-Wei Tseng yielded two hits and a run over two innings. He was only 2-for-7 on first-pitch strikes and topped out at 90 on the radar gun.

Kinston got 21 hits in an 11-8 win at the White Sox's camp in Glendale.

Matt McBride, moved to first base this spring, went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI while seven other players had two hits apiece.

Left fielder Lucas Montero filled up the scoresheet, going 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs, a double, steal, caught stealing and made an error.

Catcher Alex Castillo was 2-for-2 with a walk, homer and two RBI; shortstop Mark Thompson 2-for-2 with a walk, RBI and two runs; center fielder Tim Fedroff 2-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts and a caught stealing; DH Jason Denham 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs, second baseman Cord Phelps 2-for-4 with a run, RBI and strikeout; and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall 2-for-4 with a triple, RBI and caught stealing.

Kelvin De La Cruz started and struggled with his command. He was only 5-for-13 on first-pitch strikes and walked four, allowing three hits and one run over three innings. He struck out one and topped out at 93 mph.

Lefty reliever Matt Meyer was only 1-for-7 on first-pitch strikes and gave up four hits and four runs over one inning.

Heath Taylor hit 92 on the gun and was 6-for-9 on first-pitch strikes, allowing three hits and one run over two innings.

Joanniel Montero gave up three hits and two runs over two innings. He topped out at 91 and was 4-for-9 on first-pitch strikes.

Trey Haley, the Indians' second-round pick last June, was quite wild over three innings in Lake County's 11-6 loss. He walked five without a strikeout and was only 5-for-15 on first-pitch strikes in giving up two hits and two runs. He did average 91 mph on 53 pitches with a top speed of 94.

Chris Jones went 14-for-18 on first-pitch strikes, but allowed eight hits and five runs over 3 1-3 innings. He topped out at 91 on 56 pitches overall.

Three Captains had two hits apiece.

Second baseman Karexon Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, two runs and a strikeout. Right fielder John Allman was 2-for-2 with a double, run and RBI. First baseman Chris Nash was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run and RBI.

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