Game #127: New York Yankees (73-53) at Cleveland Indians (55-71)
Saturday the Indians used a three-run home run from Michael Brantley in the first inning and Justin Masterson pitched into the seventh inning to give the Tribe their first win in ten games. The 3-1 victory snapped a nine-game losing streak, providing a much needed win. Brantley’s homer was luckily all they would need because Hiroki Kuroda settled down and only allowed four hits for the game.
The win snaps a nine game losing streak, but hopefully, a stretch of losing 21 of 25 games that has taken the Tribe out of playoff contention. “It’s been rough,” Chris Perez said, who earned his 33rd save in the victory Saturday. “I’ve never been through something like this. I was here in 2010, when we were pretty brutal — but we were brutal all year. To go from competing to all of a sudden three weeks later, it was just a free-fall.”
Cleveland will try to stop the free fall and begin to find some consistency again when Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12, 5.59) takes the mound today. Jimenez is not necessarily the model of consistency when hoping to build a winning streak. The American League leader in losses has also allowed 23 home runs this season. He received a no-decision last Monday in Seattle when he allowed three earned runs over five and two-third innings.
The Yankees will counter with Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.96). Garcia did not make it out of the fifth inning in his last start. He allowed five runs in four and one-third innings against the Chicago White Sox on August 20. He has thrown three and one-third innings of hitless baseball against the Tribe this year, but has yet to make a start. He did pick up a win in his lone start against the Tribe in 2011.
In order for Jimenez to have success against the Yankees he’ll have to attack the strike zone. New York is very disciplined and if the AL-leader in walks emerges on the mound, it could be a short day. On a bright note, Mark Teixeira is 0 for 13, with six strikeouts against Jimenez in his career.
All the game action begins at 1:05 pm at Progressive Field and can be seen on SportsTime Ohio and heard on the Indians Radio Network.
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Jason Kipnis, 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Michael Brantley, CF
6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
7. Matt LaPorta, DH
8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
9. Ezequiel Carrera, LF
New York Yankees Starting Lineup
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Curtis Granderson, CF
6. Eric Chavez, 3B
7. Raul Ibanez, DH
8. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
9. Chris Stewart, C
Photo: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson