Swisher tallies two hits, RBI in first Cactus League appearance
By Cash Kruth
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- San Francisco's Matt Duffy continued to make his case to make the Major League club on Wednesday, launching a two-run home run to lead the Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Indians at Scottsdale Stadium.
Indians right-hander Corey Kluber took the loss despite facing the minimum through the first three innings. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner allowed three runs on five hits and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings in his final spring tuneup before Opening Day.
"It's exciting for me personally that next time out there will be when it counts," Kluber said. "I'm happy with where I'm at both physically and mentally. I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to it."
"I think Klubes is ready to go," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Even his last bullpen, before this game, he was starting to get that late movement. I think he's ready to go."
Giants Opening Day starter Madison Bumgarner threw four innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out four.
"That was the plan," Bumgarner said of the short outing. "Got up to mid-90s [pitch count] or whatever last time and this time just wanted to get out there. ... It was good."
The homer by Duffy, who's fighting to make the Giants' roster as a utility infielder, was a deep drive to right-center field off Kluber and put the Giants ahead.
Giants catcher Buster Posey also drove in a run with a fourth-inning single.
Cleveland's Nick Swisher, playing in his first Cactus League game since undergoing double knee surgery last August, was 2-for-3 with an RBI single. Jesus Aguilar, fighting to be the 25th man on the Indians' roster, also was 2-for-3.
The Giants padded their lead with an RBI double by John Bowker in the seventh and Mac Williamson's solo home run off Scott Atchison in the eighth.
Up next: Right-hander Zach McAllister's final tuneup of the spring will come on Thursday, when the Indians serve as the road team against the Reds in a 3:05 p.m. ET Cactus League tilt at Goodyear Ballpark. McAllister, who is in line to start Cleveland's home opener on April 10 against Detroit, is slated for six innings. Bullpen candidate Austin Adams and lefty Kyle Crockett are also penciled in to pitch. A webcast of the game will be available on Indians.com.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.