CLEVELAND, Ohio – Trayce Thompson, looking for a place in the Cleveland Indians outfield, hit just one home run on Thursday in the Tribe's 5-2 loss to the Texas Rangers at Goodyear's Goodyear Ballpark, in Arizona.
Cleveland fell to 11-8-2 in Cactus League action, the Rangers are 7-11-4.
Thompson, beating the .321 with a 1,066 OPS in 28 at-bats, homered against the former Indian pitcher Jeanmar Gomez with two outs in the eighth inning. It was Thompson's first home race and the seventh RBI of spring.
At the start of the day, the club announced that the camp veteran, Matt Joyce, would not bring the team out of spring training, increasing Thompson's chances of getting a job.
Carlos Carrasco did his second spring training and launched the fifth inning. He allowed three runs on five shots and beat six Rangers batters. Texas arrives in Carrasco in the fourth inning behind consecutive successes by Elvis Andrus, Nomar Maraza and Asdrubal Cabrera. Ronald Guzman's sacrifice and Willie Calhoun's single RBI gave Rangers 3-0.
Carrasco was raised by Tyler Olson with two out and empty bases in the fifth. Olson eliminated the Rougned Smell to end the inning.
Texas added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to the singles of Guzman's and Logan Forsythe's RBI.
The Cleveland offense lasted only five times, including the singles of Tyler Naquin, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana. Ryan Flaherty chose the ninth and scored on Tyler Freeman's ground for the second run of the Tribe.
Justin Grimm played an eighth without goals for the Indians. Brad Hand and Neil Ramirez have surrendered in a rush of rescue work each.
Next the next: Mike Clevinger (1-0, 3.18) takes the mound on Saturday for the Indians as the club goes to the Tempe Diablo stadium to face the Angels of Los Angeles. Trevor Cahill (0-1, 10.13) will start for the Halos. The game is scheduled for 4.15pm. first pitch and will air on SportsTime Ohio and WTAM 1100 AM. Alex Wilson, Jon Edwards, Adam Cimber and A.J. Cole is also scheduled to launch for Cleveland.