CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - With less than a week left until the Cleveland Indians regular season opener, the Tribe hosted the Cubs for a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark in Arizona. Even though the spring training game is meaningless, the 2016 World Series defeat by the Cubs will not be forgotten anytime soon. The Indians will take a win against them any chance they can get.
The game drew in 11,624 attendants, which was a ballpark-record crowd. After nine innings against foe Jon Lester and the Cubs, the game ended in a 4-3 win for the Indians. Pitcher Danny Salazar continued his impressive spring training with nine strikeouts in less than six innings.
Technically, the Indians have won five games, lost four, and tied one against the Cubs dating back to the first game of the World Series on Oct. 25, 2016. That proves the Indians are the better team, right?
The game was dubbed the "World Series Rematch," and a logo with that phrase was placed across the bases used during the game.
Coach Terry Francona said, "We've been here a long time. It's been hot. So, it's nice to play a game under the lights and there was some people here. I think it was good for us."
Also on Monday, Coach Francona announced how the starting rotation will be set up to start the season. Not surprising, ace Corey Kluber will start the first game of the season on April 3 against the Texas Rangers. Following Kluber, Carlos Carrasco will pitch on April 4, Salazar on the 5th, Josh Tomlin against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 7, and Trevor Bauer will round out the rotation on April 8.