Jimenez And Tomlin Struggle; Angels 6, Indians 5
By Mike Brandyberry
Finding midseason form has not been easy for several Tribe starting pitchers this spring and that continued this afternoon when the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Cleveland Indians, 6-5. Starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Josh Tomlin each struggled in their outing.
Jimenez, who struggled in his first start also, allowed two runs in the first inning. He worked two innings, allowing two hits and two walks. He has now allowed seven runs—three earned—over three innings of work this spring. Tomlin relieved Jimenez and did no better, allowing four runs over three innings. Tomlin is trying to find the consistency he had until arm troubles ended his season a month early last year. Tony Sipp and Chris Seddon worked scoreless innings and Jeanmar Gomez worked two scoreless in relief.
Offensively, the Tribe did not score early with their starters in the lineup. Dan Haren started, pitching two hitless innings and striking out three Tribe hitters. Jose Lopez replaced Lonnie Chisenhall at third base and then hit a two run home run. It was the only spark to the Indian offense, as they only had five hits on the day. It is the second time in three days that the Tribe offense has struggled to muster many hits.
Tomorrow the Indians take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 3:05 pm ET. The broadcast can be found on Indians.com. Derek Lowe is scheduled to start for the Tribe.
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