The Indians left Friday's game with a bittersweet taste in their mouths.
Even with Carlos Carrasco's (swelling right elbow) convincing return, manager Terry Francona and company witnessed two more injuries to their dwindling major league roster.
Despite the departures of Lonnie Chisenhall (right shoulder strain) and Erik Gonzalez (right hand), the Tribe pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs from Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz.
Giovanny Urshela and Chris Colabello each launched a home run in the winning effort.
Carrasco looks strong in return
Another encouraging step forward was executed to perfection by Carrasco against the defending World Series champions. The Venezuelan native worked around one hit and a pair of walks to leave two men stranded. His final line etched out with 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K (four groundouts, one flyout).
Carrasco has yet to receive word on whether or not he will make the Opening Day roster after experiencing swelling in his right elbow just 10 days ago. The Indians could opt for a four-man starting rotation and have Carrasco start the year in extended spring training thanks to off-days on April 6, 10 and 24.
Cleveland tallies four runs on 11 hits
It took six innings, but Urshela and Colabello were able to awake the bats from their slumber and post three runs on the scoreboard. Urshela led off the sixth inning with his second home run of the spring before Colabello knocked in Daniel Robertson on a two-run shot to left. Robertson followed suit in the eighth by singling in Bradley Zimmer to yield a 4-0 advantage.
Tyler Olson surrendered two scores on Ian Happ's two-run bomb, but was still able to close the contest in the ninth. Shawn Armstrong earned the win while Kyle Crockett, Zach McAllister and Nick Goody each registered a shutout inning of relief.
Chisenhall and Gonzalez exit with injuries
A pair of injuries to Chisenhall and Gonzalez put a damper on a well-rounded performance.
Chisenhall collided hard into the right field wall in the second on a Munenori Kawasaki triple. Although no damage was charged to Carrasco, the 28-year-old reportedly left the game with a mild right shoulder strain and is considered day-to-day. A detailed update will be provided on Saturday morning once Chisenhall has been examined.
Six innings later, Gonzalez took a ball off his right hand and abruptly exited the ballgame. The injury is not believed to be serious as Gonzalez should only sit out a game or two, according to Francona and the Tribe's medical staff.
The Indians will return to Goodyear on Saturday to take on the other half of Chicago's two baseball teams.
Josh Tomlin is scheduled for his fourth start of the spring opposite Dylan Covey and the White Sox.