FINAL BOX SCORE
Tribe skipper Dean Treanor managed an Indians-laden “Team Black” squad to a 2-1 victory over a Polanco-headlined “Team Gold” in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ annual Spring Training “Black and Gold” game today. The showcase featured rosters packed with former and potential Indians players and pitted Treanor against new Double-A Altoona manager, Tom Prince.
Well-rested and back on the field for the first time since last October, the Tribe’s 2014 team MVP, Gregory Polanco, returned to his midseason form to finish 2-for-3 with a double and run scored for Team Gold. The showing was business as usual for the now-graduated top prospect, as Polanco produced an incredible 27 multi-hit efforts in 69 Triple-A games with the Indians prior to his promotion last year.
Fellow slugger Andrew Lambo also showed he hasn’t missed a beat since his dominant 2014 campaign and plated Team Black’s first run of the contest with his RBI single. Lambo concluded his strong stint with the Indians last year having scored or driven in a run in 38 of his 61 games with 44 total runs and 42 RBIs.
The difference in the Spring Training opener proved to be six-season Indians veteran, Jose Tabata, who broke a 1-1 tie with what proved to be the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the fourth. Tabata, just one season removed from lifting a mere three sac flys in 39 Triple-A games, departed from last year’s norm to take a pitch deep to the outfield and bring home the deciding run on a sac fly.
On the mound, two 2014 Tribe hurlers chipped in work during the six-inning tilt. Nick Kingham made the start for Team Black and allowed just one hit in a scoreless frame. Adrian Sampson then earned the win in relief of Kingham with one strikeout and his team’s lone earned run.