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Salazar stumbles; Tribe falls 10-2 to Colorado Rockies

Despite notching a double-digit hit total, the Indians finished on the losing side of a lopsided affair to Colorado. Yandy Diaz led the offense and added another two base knocks, but Danny Salazar took the loss by allowing seven runs on eight hits in five innings.

Summary

The hit column did not indicate a blowout between the Indians and Rockies on Wednesday afternoon from the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Although they tallied 10 hits, only one less than Colorado, the Tribe lost 10-2 in a game where they left seven men stranded and batted 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Danny Salazar and Boone Logan surrendered 10 runs (all earned) in the first six innings of the contest.

Salazar struggles

There are still kinks needed to be worked out for Salazar and his top of the rotation potential this spring.

Coming off his fifth career Cactus League win last Friday at the Alamodome, Salazar ran into trouble against his pitching counterpart in the second frame. Opposing starter Kyle Freeland took advantage of a bases-loaded opportunity by knocking in three runs on a line drive single to right field. Shortly thereafter, Charlie Blackmon leveled a ball over the center field wall to put Salazar and the Indians in a 5-1 hole.

"He had a tough inning in the second but other than that I thought he was pretty good," said manager Terry Francona to reporters after the game. "To his credit, he hung in there."

Two more runs came around to score courtesy of a Mark Reynolds single in the third and Trevor Story double in the fifth.

Salazar's final line: 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K (96 pitches, 64 strikes, 66.67%).

Logan gives up three

Facing a 7-1 deficit heading into the sixth inning, Logan could not put an end to his spring training woes thanks to D.J. LeMahieu's two-run triple and Carlos Gonzalez's RBI single.

Through eight appearances out of the bullpen in 2017, the left-handed specialist has given up eight runs on 10 hits in 7.1 innings.

Lone offense

Yandy Diaz is making it very difficult for Francona to send him back to Triple-A to open the campaign.

The three-year minor league veteran slashed two more singles with an RBI to improve his batting average to .444 (12-for-27) through 13 games played. Erik Gonzalez singled in Lonnie Chisenhall to account for the first and only other run of the game.

If Jose Ramirez were to shift over to second base, then Diaz could make his big league debut at the hot corner as early as Apr. 3.

Up next

For the second time in as many days, the Indians and Rockies will square off at 4:05 PM ET.

Corey Kluber and Antonio Senzatela are slated to pitch the Thursday matinee from Goodyear Ballpark.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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