2013 Spring Training Game #35: Royals 5, Indians 1
Jimenez throws three-hitter, though all three hits are solo homers
Bourn - DH (Raburn, Rodriguez)
Brantley - LF (Vick)
Kipnis - 2B (Antonelli)
Chisenhall - 3B (Gonzalez)
Aviles - SS (Hernandez)
Stubbs - RF (Booth)
Marson - C (Santos)
Carson - CF (Henry)
Aguilar - 1B (Hankins - PH only, did not take field)
Jimenez - 4.2 IP
Hill - 1.1 IP
Hagadone - 1.1 IP
Gil - 0.2 IP
Friday's outing by Ubaldo Jimenez was nothing if not unusual.
Typically, a three-hit outing is a very positive indicator in regards to a pitcher's performance, as well as his team's chances of winning. However, it's not typical for all three hits to be home runs. Outside of the three solo shots, Jimenez was very good as he faced only 17 other batters (14 outs, 3 walks) in his 4.2 innings on the mound. The one positive to be gleaned from this outing is that it occurred in a meaningless game and is sufficiently unusual that it is unlikely to occur again in the same season. Rich Hill and Nick Hagadone (whose lone hit allowed was also a solo home run) had solid outings in relief while minor-league reliever Jerry Gil struggled in getting the final two Royals out.
There were, obviously, not many notable hitting performances. However, there were not many very poor performances from Big Club regulars, either. Two offensive performances worth highlighting, though, were Michael Brantley's 2-for-2 day and doubles from Jason Kipnis, Drew Stubbs, and Lou Marson. Marson drove in the Indians' lone run on a 4th inning 6-3 ground out that scored Lonnie Chisenhall.
What to make of this game? Not much. It's near the end of spring training and everybody is trying to get their work in and not get hurt before starting for real on Tuesday at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The only concern is whether or not the Indians can flip the switch as easily as they are hoping to and magically switch into "real game" mode on Tuesday. While it won't count in the standings, a win on Saturday would certainly be a good sign and provide some positive momentum going into the start of the real season.
Our bats seem to be a little streaky though this ST.