Correia roughed up by Indians
Padres starter gives up six runs; Blanco hits home run
INDIANS 8, PADRES 4
at Peoria, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 25
Padres at the plate: Catcher Henry Blanco, who recently returned from playing in the World Baseball Classic, hit a solo home run in the third inning. It was his second home run of the spring. David Eckstein, expected to hit second in the order this season, had hits in all three of his trips to the plate to raise his average to .467. Luis Rodriguez went 1-for-2. He was robbed of a hit by Asdrubal Cabrera in the fifth inning. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits and drove in a run.Indians at the plate: Andy Marte slugged a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Jhonny Peralta raised his average to .429 with two hits. Peralta also drove in a run, giving him 10 RBIs. Grady Sizemore had two hits out of the leadoff spot, raising his average to .417. Asdrubal Cabrera had a triple in the sixth inning and scored a run. Cabrera also knocked in a run and is now hitting .333 this spring. Travis Hafner had two hits, his second two-hit game since March 10. Kelly Shoppach and Trevor Crowe hit long home runs in the eighth inning. Padres on the mound: Starting pitcher Kevin Correia, expected to be the No. 4 pitcher in the San Diego rotation, allowed two runs in the first inning and six runs overall on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Correia's spring ERA shot up to 7.63. Reliever Cla Meredith tossed a scoreless inning. He hasn't been scored upon in seven appearances this spring. Indians on the mound: Starting pitcher Carl Pavano allowed seven hits over six innings but mostly pitched his way out of trouble, allowing the homer to Blanco and one more run. Pavano didn't walk a batter and had two strikeouts as he lowered his spring ERA to 7.41. Kerry Wood came on in relief of Pavano and allowed two unearned runs on three hits in one inning. Cactus League records: Indians 9-14-2; Padres 5-17-3. Up next: The Padres are off on Thursday but resume Cactus League play on Friday against the A's in Phoenix. Jake Peavy, fresh off a stretch in the World Baseball Classic, gets the start. He'll be followed by newcomer Shawn Hill, who signed a Minor League deal with the Padres on Monday.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.