SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Cleveland’s Corey Kluber had a strong final spring outing; Arizona’s Wade Miley, not so good.
Kluber, the No. 2 starter in the Indians’ rotation, allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings in Cleveland’s 3-2 victory over a Diamondbacks’ split-squad on Thursday.
Kluber blanked Arizona for six innings before being tagged for a pair of runs in the seventh. He struck out seven and walked one.
Miley, the starter in the Diamondbacks’ season-opening 3-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, gave up three runs on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, walking one and hitting a batter.
Both teams have exhibition games Friday and Saturday. Arizona plays the Chicago Cubs at Phoenix’s Chase Field, the Indians are at San Diego.
Cleveland finished with the second-best record in all of spring training at 19-8, which of course has no significance in the long run.
Except, manager Terry Francona said, “it means that we played pretty good baseball, which I love.”
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson was not in the dugout for the second game in a row. He is on crutches after undergoing knee surgery. Bench coach Alan Trammell took his place.
Both Kluber and Miley are scheduled to pitch on Tuesday.
Kluber was knocked around in his previous start, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in six innings against Colorado. But he was outstanding until the final inning Thursday.
“Every time he’s pitched, he’s gotten toward the end of his outing and got a little fatigued,” Francona said. “That’s why you build up. It’s the normal progression for any pitcher. He just needs to get enough repos for the game to dictate how long he pitches.”
Indians utility INF Mike Aviles was a scratch because of a sore lower back. OF Michael Bradley was given the day off to rest.