(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – Chris Perez looked sharp in his first outing since Feb. 26 when he began dealing with a shoulder strain, but the Cleveland Indians still fell in 10 innings to the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Tuesday afternoon.
Perez pitched an inning retiring all three batters he faced, forcing a double-play ball to end his frame helping retire a runner who had reached on an error the batter before.
Just a few days earlier Indians manager Terry Francona confirmed that barring any type of setback Perez would be ready for Opening Day April 2 in Toronto.
Right-hander Zach McAllister started the Cactus League exhibition game for the Tribe and went 5 2/3 innings giving up eight runs and five hits. McAllister will break camp as the Indians No. 4 starter.
The Athletics topped the Tribe in 10 innings on Tuesday 7-6. Photo courtesy Nick Camino
McAllister gave up a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes after Eric Sogard ripped an RBI-double. The Athletics won the game on a Daric Barton two-out single in the top of the 10th followed by a bases loaded walk.
The Indians fell to 16-13-2 in Cactus League exhibition play while the Athletics improved to 14-12 on the spring. The Tribe returns to action on Wednesday afternoon at 3:05 pm ET when they travel to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ to play the Chicago White Sox.
- Nick Camino