GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Making their spring debuts, Josh Tomlin didn't allow a run and Austin Jackson homered for the Indians, but the Angels scored in each of the last five innings for a 5-4 win on Thursday at Goodyear Ballpark.Tomlin, held back early this spring after an extended workload during
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Making their spring debuts, Josh Tomlin didn't allow a run and Austin Jackson homered for the Indians, but the Angels scored in each of the last five innings for a 5-4 win on Thursday at Goodyear Ballpark.
Tomlin, held back early this spring after an extended workload during last year's postseason run, threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, two of which were infield singles, and struck out one.
Jackson struck out looking in his first at-bat, but he connected for a solo blast to left field off Angels starter Matthew Shoemaker in the third inning. He signed a Minor League contract in late January but was slowed as he rehabbed from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
"It was just nice to get them in the game and get them some at-bats," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Jackson and Jason Kipnis, who also debuted and went 1-for-3.
Tyler Naquin knocked his first homer in the seventh off Jose Valdez, and he is hitting .533 (8-for-15) this spring.
Shoemaker allowed three runs on five hits, including Jackson's homer, while striking out six over three innings in his second start of the spring. The 30-year-old right-hander, who underwent emergency brain surgery after getting hit in the head by a line drive in September, said he believes he cleared his final mental hurdle when he made his spring debut last week. Shoemaker is now simply focused on preparing for the season.
"The progression was I really think this offseason, leading into the first live BP and the first game, which we've already went through," Shoemaker said. "Those, I think, were the biggest hurdles in regards to recovery. With that being said, we're ready to go. Now it's the process of getting ready to pitch, working all the rust off, getting your pitches where you want them to be and the location."
Ben Revere and Shane Robinson collected two hits apiece for the Angels, with Robinson's RBI triple in the fifth trimming the deficit to 3-1.
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Angels Up Next:Jose Pujols will make his spring debut when the Angels host the Padres on Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Pujols, who is coming off foot surgery, is scheduled for two at-bats. Right-hander JC Ramirez, a contender for a rotation or bullpen job, will start for the Halos in his third Cactus League appearance. First pitch is slated for 12:10 p.m. PT. It can be watched live on MLB.TV.
Indians Up Next:Trevor Bauer will make his third appearance this spring when he faces the Giants at 3:05 p.m. ET on Friday in Scottsdale. Listen to an exclusive webcast on indians.com. Bauer has pitched six innings and allowed just an unearned run on seven hits.
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