3/29/2014 12:40 A.M. ET
Alonso homers, but Padres dig too big a hole
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Raburn and Asdrubal Cabrera each knocked in four runs on Friday as the Indians scored a combined 14 runs over the first two innings en route to a 16-4 drubbing of the Padres at Fowler Park on the campus of the University of San Diego.
"You get in a ballpark like this where the ball is traveling and the infield's fast, [and that can happen]," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It's a good night, because with a quick turnaround tomorrow, and then the day off Sunday, I wanted our guys to get some at-bats, but I really didn't want to keep them out there. That was probably the perfect [way to do it]."
The Indians got home runs from Yan Gomes, Carlos Santana and Cabrera, and pitcher Zach McAllister -- who is the No. 3 starter in the rotation -- allowed two runs over four innings.
"I thought it was a tough game to pitch, first of all, because he's sitting so long," Francona said of McAllister. "He was at like 90 pitches for four innings tonight. It was a little bit of a struggle just to not have so many deep counts. I think he's throwing the ball fine. He's just got to sharpen up on things and stay away from the longer innings."
The Indians jumped on Padres starting pitcher Matt Wisler for seven runs in the first inning, as the first seven batters in the inning reached base. Cleveland then added seven more runs in the second inning off reliever Blaine Boyer.
Wisler, ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Padres' system by MLB.com, allowed seven runs on four hits with two walks in one inning. He'll begin the season at Triple-A El Paso.
"He was off. He just couldn't regroup at all," Padres manager Bud Black said of Wisler. "It's a great learning experience for him, a good test for him. Hopefully, he'll learn from it."
McAllister fared much better, allowing three hits with six strikeouts.
The Padres got on the board when Yonder Alonso slugged a solo home run out to right field in the second inning. Yasmani Grandal knocked in a run with a single in the fourth inning.
Alonso went 2-for-2.
Gomes, Rayburn and Cabrera each finished with three hits.
Up next: The Padres will complete their exhibition schedule at 1:10 p.m. PT on Saturday against the Indians at the University of San Diego's Fowler Park (watch the game for free on MLB.TV). Left-hander Eric Stults, the No. 4 starter in the rotation, will get the start. Stults had a 5.29 ERA in 17 innings this spring. Stults had his best outing of the spring his last time out against the Angels on Monday, when he allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings. After Saturday's game, Stults won't pitch again until April 4 against the Marlins in Miami.