Ubaldo Shakes Off Early Jam To Pace Tribe; Indians 3, Diamondbacks 2
By Mike Brandyberry
After two less than par starts, Ubaldo Jimenez rebounded and pitched a good game this afternoon and helped the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jimenez received poor defense in his first start and was shellacked in his second appearance.
What appeared to be a first inning jam, with the potential to get worse, was eluded by only allowing one run. Jimenez has struggled as an Indians to eliminate the big inning. After settling down he motored through two more scoreless innings. Jimenez allowed three hits and one run over three innings. His fastball was again clocked at 94-96 mph, where it was two years ago.
Joe Smith also rebounded after several poor appearances this spring to throw a scoreless inning. Vinnie Pestano remained scoreless in Cactus League play. Dan Wheeler, who many believe has a chance to make the Tribe bullpen, again allowed a run in an inning of play before Nick Hagadone pitched two scoreless and Jeremy Accardo rounded out the staff with shutout frame.
Offensively, the Tribe rebounded with a solid ten hit effort. Yesterday in split-squad action, the offense floundered in each game. Shelley Duncan singled home two runs in the first inning to put the Tribe on top. Shelley’s father, Dave Duncan was in the stands with longtime friend Tony LaRussa today. Dave Duncan was a former Indian catcher and then pitching coach with LaRussa for much of the last two decades. Russ Canzler continued his pursuit to a find a roster spot with the Tribe by logging two hits, as did Jason Donald. Aaron Cunningham doubled to help the Indians.
Tuesday the Indians play the Texas Rangers and will face Japanese import, Yu Darvish. Darvish has over 100 Japanese media members following his spring starts. Josh Tomlin gets the start for the Tribe and Zach McAllister will see time in relief. The game can be seen on Sports Time Ohio at 4:05 ET.
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