Jimenez leads Tribe to 5-0 win
Jimenez pitches eight shutout innings as Indians take game two from Rays
Cleveland, OH -- After finishing up Friday night's game early Saturday morning, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight innings of shutout baseball as the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field.
After the second game, the home team was happy to have a game without delay.
"Everybody's tired," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "It's amazing--show up, have 12 pieces of bacon and a Red Bull and go get `em."
Jimenez (4-3, 4.83) dominated in his finest outing of the season and possibly his Indians career. He held the Rays lineup to four hits over eight shutout innings. At one point, Jimenez retired 11 straight hitters. He struck out seven and walked just one against the Rays, who didn't manage a hit to the outfield until the seventh inning.
"I felt really good," said Jimenez. "The guys had a crazy game last night after waiting for so long to play."
Vinnie Pestano pitched the ninth for Cleveland's eighth shutout of the season.
While Jimenez picked up a dragging Tribe lineup, it returned the favor by providing early run support against former Cleveland prospect Chris Archer.
Giambi picked up another RBI, his third of the game, in the third inning, driving home Jason Kipnis from third base. After Saturday's performance, Giambi is averaging a run driven in every 3.68 at-bats, which is the best pace on the team.
Following the game, however, Giambi was the first to admit that the hectic schedule over the last 24 hours was catching up to him.
"I'm delirious right now," he said. "I feel like Pinocchio with no strings. My last two at-bats I thought about bunting because of the bat speed that I have, but then I said, I have to run. I was done."
Kipnis led off the fifth inning with a single and scored on the following play when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera belted a two-run homer to right, his fifth of the season. The second Tribe homer extended the lead to 5-0, which held steady through the end of the game.
After the Cabrera homer and a single by Swisher, Archer (0-1, 11.25), the Indians' fifth-round selection in 2006, was done for the day. In four innings, he allowed five runs (all earned) on seven hits, two homers, and three walks.
Alex Torres pitched the final four innings for Tampa Bay, allowing just two base runners while striking out six.
Cleveland will play the rubber match of the three-game series against Tampa Bay Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.08) will throw for the Indians against Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.61).
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.