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Long ball haunts Indians in 10-7 defeat to White Sox

The Chicago White Sox belted six home runs against the Cleveland Indians' pitching staff en route to a 10-7 victory on Saturday. The IBI's John Alfes details the defending AL Champions' latest Cactus League affair...


Partly cloudy skies, 80 degree temperatures and seven mile per hour winds proved to be ideal hitting conditions for a divisional rival on Saturday afternoon.

The White Sox tallied six round-trippers to earn themselves a 10-7 win over the host Indians at Goodyear Ballpark.

Josh Tomlin allowed four of the opposition's six home runs while Joseph Colon blew a 7-6 lead by giving up a grand slam in the ninth.

Pitching unit plagued by the home run ball

Tomlin and Colon picked the wrong day to leave the ball up in the strike zone as they surrendered nine combined runs, all of which came on bombs off the bats of Jacob May, Cody Asche, Jose Abreu, Everth Cabrera and Danny Hayes.

"Even when [Tomlin] gets ahead, some balls have caught too much of the plate," said manager Terry Francona to reporters after the game. "And the way the ball is flying now, he's paid for it. But, I'll tell you what, he's situated where I think he feels good, he looks crisp."

The back-and-forth game culminated in Hayes' grand slam off Colon to give Chicago a 10-7 lead in the ninth inning, its largest of the contest.

"These fields, we're getting into the last week, these fields are lightning," Francona said in regards to the favorable hitting conditions. "The ball's flying."

Santana and Zimmer team for four RBIs

The return of Carlos Santana could not have been more evident atop Francona's lineup in the weekend contest. Santana hustled out an infield single in the third and knocked in Michael Martinez (triple) on a two-run homer to right field as part of a four-run fifth frame. Edwin Encarnacion added an RBI single to plate Michael Brantley and bring the score to 4-2 in favor of the home nine.

Two innings later, the Tribe added their final three scores courtesy of Bradley Zimmer's two-run triple and Claudio Bautista's RBI single. 

"He's been good all spring," said Francona in regards to Zimmer's 2017 production. "There will be some ups and downs like there are with everybody, but he's exciting. We don't want to deny it. We're excited about him."

Up next

Three of the Indians' final six spring training games will be played against the Arizona Diamondbacks, including a Sunday matinee at 4:05 PM ET from the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Trevor Bauer and Robbie Ray are the probable pitchers in what figures to be one of their final tuneups before the regular season.

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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