Indians 6, Diamondbacks 5
At Salt River Fields
On the mound: LHP Robbie Ray gave up six runs in four innings before being ejected by home plate umpire Bill Miller after arguing balls and strikes. Ray had just been called out in strikes while hitting in the bottom of the fourth and appeared to be getting in a few words as he walked back to the dugout when Miller tossed him. “That’s between me and him,” Ray said. “I’m not going to comment on that.” Ray, who walked three, was asked if he had issues while on the mound with the zone Miller was calling. “He’s the umpire,” Ray said. “He’s going to call strikes and balls the way he wants to. That’s just the way it is.” Ray allowed a two-run homer to LF Michael Brantley then a three-run shot to 1B Chris Colabello in the first. He gave up one run over the next three innings, though he continued to give up hard contact, with five additional balls in play hit at 93 mph or harder, according to Statcast. “Other than that first inning,” Ray said, “I felt like I threw the ball pretty well. I’ve just got to get out of that first inning with less runs than that.” RHP Archie Bradley had a strong outing, giving up two hits in two scoreless innings, striking out four.
At the plate: Playing in his first official game since March 6, LF Yasmany Tomas walked, doubled and hit a sacrifice fly in three trips to the plate. He had been out with an oblique injury. The first-inning walk was Tomas’ first time reaching base this spring and his third-inning double was his first hit. He’s now 1 for 18 in the Cactus League. “I was really happy with his approach,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “He was very productive today.” Lovullo said Tomas came out of the game feeling good. RF Jeremy Hazelbaker began the afternoon getting at-bats in minor league games in the back fields but made his way to the main stadium in time to enter during the fifth inning and collect a pair of hits. “He felt like it helped his timing and rhythm and tempo,” Lovullo said. “It seemed to translate.”
Extra bases: Lovullo spent most of the half-inning break following Ray’s ejection in what appeared to be a heated discussion with Miller. “I thought it was a little premature,” Lovullo said of the ejection, adding that he was not satisfied with the explanation Miller gave him. SS Chris Owings made a diving stop on a ball hit by 3B Giovanny Urshela in the sixth inning, flipping to 2B Kris Negron to get the force out.
Monday’s game: Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller vs. Angels RHP Jesse Chavez, 1:10 p.m., Salt River Fields.