Pre-season Game #01 – Milwaukee Brewers at the Cleveland Indians

INDIANS’ ADDIE JOSS LIMITS BREWERS IN 5-2 OPENING DAY VICTORY

Eternal Baseball

CLEVELAND – Addie Joss doesn’t mind sharing, but he left Mike Hargrove no reason to take the ball from him on Monday night.

“I was expecting to use the ‘pen at some point, I mean – it is the first day of spring” said the Cleveland manager.

Indians starter Addie Joss was superb on Monday, allowing just a pair of third inning runs while going the distance in Cleveland’s pre-season opening 5-2 victory over Milwaukee. Brewers starter Chris Bosio had only surrendered Earl Averill’s first-inning RBI single and led 2-1 but got into trouble in the sixth inning.

After coaxing a double play ball out of Jim Thome, Bosio appeared to wear down quickly. The two-out rally included a single from Averill, a game-tying RBI double from Albert Belle, an RBI single from Al Rosen, and a booming two-run homer from Victor Martinez that lifted Cleveleand to a 5-2 lead and ended Bosio’s night.

Joss seemed to get stronger as the game went on, retiring 11 of his last 12 batters to escure the victory. He earned his first win of the season behind a strong performance (9 IP, 7 H, 2 R/1ER, 1 BB, 4 K) while Milwaukee’s Chris Bosio (0-1) took the loss (5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K).

Milwaukee scored their second-inning runs behind a trio of singles and a botched fly ball from Manny Ramirez. Greg Vaughn’s single to left scored Carlos Gomes and Ryan Braun, but Cleveland’s Addie Joss got fly outs from Prince Fielder and Robin Yount to elude further damage. Milwaukee’s Dan Plesac retired seven of the eight batters he faced, allowing just Francisco Lindor’s single in 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Brewers.

Tuesday night brings game two of this pre-season opening series. Seattle turns to right-hander Stan Coveleski while Milwaukee hands the ball to left-hander Teddy Higuera. First pitch from Progressive Field is at 7:05 PM EST.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles by Erik Drost

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