Infielder knocks third spring home run as lefty gets in final tuneup
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."
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: The Giants left Scottsdale shortly after Wednesday's game to return to San Francisco for three games against the A's in the Bay Area. The first is at 7:15 p.m. PT on Thursday at AT&T Park, with right-hander Jake Peavy facing A's lefty Scott Kazmir. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV.
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.