The Indians were in the middle of a slump going into Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles losing six out of their last seven games. The Tribe however was able to buck that trend and win on Tuesday with great starting pitching, solid bullpen relief and most importantly some timely hitting. The final result was a 4-3 victory for the Indians.
The first inning saw both teams have one base runner but neither was able to drive them in. Baltimore was able to get Manny Machado to reach first on an error by Lonnie Chisenhall before Yan Gomes threw a perfect ball to second base to catch him stealing. The Indians had Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher both set down on ground balls before Jason Kipnis hit a double, followed by a Carlos Santana pop up.
Ubaldo Jimenez was able to work his way out of his first bit of trouble in the second inning. Adam Jones hit a single to right field to leadoff the inning. Jimenez set down Matt Wieters before he gave up a single to Michael Morse, putting men at first and third base with only one out. Jimenez settled in and got Nick Markakis to pop out then J.J. Hardy to fly out to center field.
After the Indians got another two out double stranded to end the inning, this time from Jason Kubel, both pitchers locked in and got one-two-three third innings.
With Jimenez throwing a second one-two-three inning in the top of the fourth inning, the Indians were able to finally break through and score in the bottom half. Kipnis led off the inning with a walk. Carlos Santana followed with another walk, with both runners being moved to second and third base with a Michael Brantley sacrifice bunt. Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Kipnis with a sac fly, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.
After both teams earned one hit in the fifth inning but neither scored, Jimenez was able to get out of his second bit of trouble in the sixth inning. Jimenez allowed a one-out single then a walk to put men on first and second base. Adams Jones hit a fielder’s choice, reaching first and moving the lead runner to third base. Despite giving up another walk, Jimenez got an easy ground ball right at the mound to get the third out.
The Indians were able to add on to their lead in the top of the sixth inning. Santana led off the inning with a walk then Bourn followed up with a double. Cabrera drove in his second run of the game via the sacrifice fly to give a 2-0 lead. After Kubel was intentionally walked, Gomes blew the game open with a two run double off the wall in left field, opening the lead up to 4-0.
Cody Allen came in for Jimenez in the seventh inning, after a very solid start. Allen was able to get Markakis to line out to Bourn, before he walked Hardy and allowed Nate McLouth to single to right field. Allen however seemed unfazed, getting Brian Roberts to fly to left and Machado to fly to right field, keeping the shutout in tact.
Joe Smith was the next arm out of the bullpen and while he ran into a small amount of trouble, a leadoff walk to Davis, Smith was able to get the next three batters in order to end the eighth inning.
Chris Perez came into the game for an exciting and nerve wracking ninth inning. Perez started the inning off by allowed three straight hits, a single a single then a three run homerun to McLouth. The homerun must have shaken something in Perez as he was able to stay focused and retire the next three batters, including two by way of the strikeout.
The final score of the game ended 4-3, with the Tribe on top. The win goes to Ubaldo Jimenez (10-9, 3.79 ERA) and the loss going to Chris Tillman (15-5 3.71 ERA).
The Indians will close out this series tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. at Progressive Field. Zach McAllister (7-8, 3.81 ERA) will take the mound for the Tribe, while Zach Britton (2-3, 4.76 ERA) will pitch for the Orioles.
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