Supermanahan Does it Again, Jimenez gets Second Win; Indians 4, Athletics 3
By Matthew Van Wormer
If you look up “Clutch” in the dictionary, you might see a picture of Jack Hannahan, circa April 2012. Jack “Supermanahan” Hannahan had three RBI in the series opener against the Oakland Athletics to propel the Indians to a 4-3 victory, improving the club record to 7-5 and getting Ubaldo Jimenez his second win in the 2012 campaign.
Hannahan started the scoring in the top of the second after two walks, an out and a walk. A sacrifice fly by Hannahan scored Carlos Santana from third base to put the Indians on top early. Oakland would respond in the bottom of the third when Josh Reddick hit a solo home run off Jimenez. It could have been worse but Jason Donald made a great play to rob Jemile Weeks of a base hit to start the bottom of the third.
The tie would not last for long. After Santana flew out to start the fourth inning, Travis Hafner singled and Shelley Duncan walked. After a Casey Kotchman strikeout, Hannahan, strolled to the plate. On a 1-1 count, he ripped a pitch from Graham Godfrey the opposite way, scoring Hafner and Duncan on with a double.
After the game, Hannahan talked about being up in those clutch situations.
“Early on in your career, you get too excited with runners in scoring position, swinging at strikes,” he said. “When you get in that situation, you get more comfortable over time. You know pitchers are trying to get ahead of you”
The A’s picked up a run in the bottom of the fifth when Yoenis Cespedes singled and scored Reddick on an error by Shelley Duncan, and another in the seventh when Cespedes drove in Weeks. The ten inning scoreless streak that the Tribe bullpen had going came to an end. In the end, though, it didn’t cost the Tribe a victory.
Vinnie Pestano pitched a scoreless eighth, giving up just a two-out double to Weeks before getting Cliff Pennington to ground out to first. Chris Perez earned his fifth save of the season after setting down the Athletics in order in the bottom of the ninth.
The Indians are now 6-1 on their road trip and look to improve on that Saturday night when Jeanmar Gomez (0-0, 2.25 ERA) takes on Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 3.60) with a chance for the Indians to earn their third straight series victory.
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