From the Rockies Media Relations Department
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – Kyle Freeland made his spring debut, allowing one run on a walk and a triple, in two innings of the Rockies 5-3 loss to the Indians on Monday afternoon. The game drew a crowd of 5,074.
Indians right fielder Daniel Johnson plated the first run of the game in the second inning on an RBI triple to right field. First baseman Carlos Santana extended the lead to two runs in the third inning on an RBI groundout to third.
The Rockies scored their first run in the fifth inning on an RBI double by third baseman Pat Valaika, but the Indians answered back in the top of the sixth with a two-run home run by Santana off of Rockies reliever Rico Garcia to make it a 5-3 ballgame.
Cleveland went deep once again in the seventh, as Johnson collected his second RBI of the game on a solo home run to right field off of Rockies reliever Evan Grills.
Colorado plated two runs in a ninth-inning rally as Brian Mundell hit a two-run double to center field, however Cleveland reliever James Karinchak was able to convert his first save of Spring and solidify the 5-3 victory for the Indians.
The Rockies will once again play host at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Wednesday as they face the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 p.m. Right-handed pitcher German Márquez will make his first start of the Spring, and he will be opposed by right-hander Trevor Cahi