Cleveland Indians pound Rockies behind 3 homers; Jesus Aguilar homers … – cleveland.com (blog)
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Manager Terry Francona was waiting for the production to come. It arrived Saturday.
After going hitless last spring with the big league club, Jesus Aguilar has been getting his hits this spring. But what the hits haven’t brought is results — runs and RBI.
That changed against the Rockies on Saturday as Aguilar homered, doubled and drove in three runs as the Indians rolled to a 10-5 victory at Goodyear Ballpark.
“I feel more relaxed, more comfortable this spring,” said Aguilar, the top power-hitting prospect in the Indians system, before the game.
Perhaps it started Friday night when he lined a double to right center in the ninth inning against the Angels. In the third Saturday, Aguilar doubled to left center to score Mike Aviles for a 4-1 lead.
In the fifth, he hit a two-run homer to right for a 6-3 lead.
Aguilar is not stranger to the long ball. He hit 19 homers at Class AAA Columbus last year and 16 in 2013 at Class AA Akron. After his 2013 season, Aguilar hit 18 more in 58 games for Caracas in Venezuela.
He just never hit them in spring training with the big-league coaching staff watching. That ended Saturday.
Terry Francona on Danny Salazar, Jesus Aguilar
Saturday was a good day for Danny Salazar and Jesus Aguilar as the Indians beat the Rockies at Goodyear Ballpark. Manager Terry Francona saw improvement in Salazar’s start and was happy to see Aguilar have a big day at the plate.
“It’s so nice to see him have some success here in camp,” said Francona. “He’s put up big numbers during the season, but he’s come to camp and had a really tough time. Now you see the confidence growing.
“He’s taking some big swings and rifling the ball the other way and that’s good to see.”
That’s more like it
Danny Salazar has had a ragged camp, but he looked better Saturday. He allowed one run in four innings with five strikeouts.
Salazar threw 64 percent of pitches for strikes (44-of-69). The MLB average for a starting pitcher is 63 percent. Regarding the all important first-pitch strike, Salazar did it 12 times while facing 16 Rockies.
Little big man
Michael Martinez, known for his bat more than his glove, drove a two-run homer over the party deck in right field in the fifth inning.
Martinez, an infielder, is in camp on a minor-league deal.
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