Jimenez Dominates, Raburn Homers in Series Finale; Indians 9, Royals 0
Mike B. | On 29, Apr 2013
Just when you think you know what to expect from Ubaldo Jimenez, he zigs when everyone expects a zag.
After nearly a month of early season struggles and inconsistencies Jimenez pitched one of his best games as a Cleveland Indian, flirting early with a perfect game before shutting out the Kansas City Royals for seven innings. Ryan Raburn and Michael Brantley helped provide all the necessary offense to give the Indians a dominating 9-0 victory to end their four game series.
Cleveland jumped on top early in the top of the first inning when Jason Kipnis hit a solo home run to center field to give the Tribe an early 1-0 lead. It was Kipnis’ first home run of the season.
The Indians had a chance to extend their lead early, but let the chance get away. Asdrubal Cabrera walked after Kipnis’ home run, then Nick Swisher singled to left field and Mark Reynolds singled to center field. However, Cabrera was thrown out at the plate by the Royals Lorenzo Cain. Carlos Santana struck out to end the inning and the rally was squelched.
Cleveland added to their lead in the top of the third inning when Michael Brantley doubled to center field to start the inning. After Kipnis struck out, Cabrera laced a base hit through the left side scoring Brantley and extending the lead to 2-0.
Meanwhile Jimenez was dominating the Royals. He faced the minimum through 11 hitters before allowing a two-out, infield base hit to Billy Butler in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ironic that Butler would reach base via an infield hit when he is one of the slower baserunners in the American League.
However, the Tribe would give Jimenez all the offensive support he would need in the top of the fifth when Brantley again doubled with one out. Brantley had three hits in the game. After Kipnis walked, Cabrera doubled to right center field scoring Brantley and advancing Kipnis to third base with one out and making the score 3-0.
After Swisher grounded out, the two out rally began. Reynolds singled home Kipnis, advancing Cabrera to third base. Santana doubled to deep right field to score Cabrera and move Reynolds to third base before Ryan Raburn hit three-run home run to left field and the rout was on making the score 8-0. The home run chased Davis (2-2) from the game, allowing eight runs and 12 hits in four and two-third innings. Luke Hochevar ended the rally by striking out Lonnie Chisenhall.
Jimenez continued to cruise through seven innings allowing only the one hit to Butler, while only walking two and striking out four on only 94 pitches. It was possibly his best start as an Indian.
Raburn put the finishing touches on the evening when he hit his second home run of the night in the top of the eighth inning. The solo shot was his second of the game and of the season. He was also 4 for 4 on the evening, driving in four.
Jimenez (1-2) started the eighth inning, but after back-to-back base hits, his night was finished. His official line was seven innings, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out four on 103 pitches. Jimenez lowered his ERA nearly three full runs during the game.
The Indians conclude their nine game road trip with a 5-4 record. They come home for the start of a nine game homestand with the first two against the Philadelphia Phillies. Zach McAllister (1-3, 3.52 ERA) will try to start the homestand on the right foot against Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08 ERA). Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday at Progressive Field.
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