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Jimenez struggles as Indians fall 7-2 to Red Sox

Five walks in one inning doom Jimenez, Indians

Jimenez struggles as Indians fall 7-2 to Red Sox
April 16, 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio — On a day filled with tributes to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Red Sox lit up Ubaldo Jimenez to the tune of seven runs in the second inning, beating the Cleveland Indians 7-2.

After retiring the first three hitters of the game by ground out, Jimenez (0-2, 11.25) failed to work out of the second inning. He allowed seven earned runs on two hits and five walks, while striking out one.

"In the first inning he was crisp and down," said manager Terry Francona, who lost to his former team for the first time since being fired following the 2011 season. "In the second inning he didn't throw strikes."

Jimenez became only the fourth Indians starter since 1916 to give up at least seven earned runs and five walks in less than two innings pitched. He was making his first start since April 8, after the rotation was pushed back following two postponed games last week.

"[Pitching coach] Mickey [Callaway] worked on direction to the plate and pounding the plate," said Francona. "You can be frustrated or you can try to make it better. As long as he keeps working we're going to try to get it right."

The Tribe lineup made the score 7-1 in the bottom of the second when second baseman Mike Aviles drove in first baseman Nick Swisher with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Indians picked up another run off Boston starter Felix Doubront in the bottom of the fifth after right fielder Ryan Raburn scored on a passed ball by David Ross to make the score 7-2. Prior to the passed ball, Cleveland had the bases loaded with one out, but failed to pick up a timely hit.

"When you look up and see 100 pitches [by Doubront] after five, you think you have a chance to win," said Francona. "We had some opportunities."

Doubront (1-0, 4.50) allowed two earned runs on four hits and four walks over five innings of work. He struck out seven batters.

The one bright spot for Cleveland was the performance of its bullpen. Cody Allen relieved Jimenez with two outs in the second inning and pitched the next three innings, allowing no runs on four hits and a walk. He set career highs in innings pitched (3), strikeouts (6), and pitches (52).

Nick Hagadone and Rich Hill pitched three more innings of scoreless relief, working around three walks while striking out five more Red Sox hitters. Bryan Shaw came in with two outs in the eight inning and struck out all four batters he faced.

Cleveland will continue its three-game series against the Red Sox Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. as Justin Masterson (3-0, 0.41) will look to provide some bullpen relief against Boston right-hander Alfredo Aceves (0-0, 6.75).

Notes: Since being acquired by the Indians, Ubaldo Jimenez is 13-23 with a 5.60 ERA. … The Indians played "Sweet Caroline" before their game with the Red Sox, a tribute to Fenway Park's eighth inning tradition.

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.

User Comments

Matthew
April 17, 2013 - 11:04 AM EDT
Can't send Ubaldo down unless he's injured and it's a rehab start. He has no options remaining.

The Indians will give him another 5-7 starts at least. If he continues to do what he did last night, hopefully they will have the stones to release him.
Nick
April 17, 2013 - 10:43 AM EDT
How many more starts do they give Jimenez before they send him down to AAA in hopes he gets it together?
Canadian Joe
April 17, 2013 - 9:23 AM EDT
Don't know how much longer they can keep marching Ubaldo out there. It looks as if his first start was an abberation, and he has gone back to his old ways. The sad part is every few starts he throws well for a game, and we all think that maybe he has turned the corner. Time to quit looking at him thru rose colored glasses, and take the hit. Would give him another start or two, then evaluate. If he stays bad, let him go. Think his best days are behind him. If Allen could have gotten past Napoli, would have been an outstanding appearance. Still encouraging.
Stanton would be an unbelievable addition, and might be worth pursuing. However Bric's proposal sure would come up short. Think he was just kidding ?
Matthew
April 17, 2013 - 9:19 AM EDT
"Hi, this is Chris Antonetti calling for Michael Hill. Hey Mike, listen, I know you guys in Miami are looking to trim payroll and add high upside youth to your ball club, so would you mind taking 2 non-prospects, a washed-up pitcher making $6M, and a platoon RF making $3M for the best pure power hitter in the game, who makes league minimum and is under team control for 4 more seasons? Hello? Mike? Why are you laughing? Hello? Did we get disconnected?"
League Park
April 17, 2013 - 8:44 AM EDT
Unfortunately, because of the money tied up on Ubaldo for this year & next, the Indians will keep him on the roster. In the old days, they would get rid of him but he is making $5M plus and they will put him out there every 5th day. It's a mistake because you play the game to win and your chances of winning decrease with him on the mound.

As for the proposed Stanton trade, unless the Marlins' GM is Gabe Paul, that deal will never happen. Frankly,, it's laughable.
Rich
April 17, 2013 - 8:06 AM EDT
The Red Sox lineup is a lot less imposing than it used to be. I know Ortz is on the DL but it just seems like they've lost a lot. They struck out 16 times last night and most of their runs came on walks.

Ubaldo says he's going to two BP sessions between each start. He was only doing one in order to save his arm. Well, his arm looked pretty strong last night, but he couldn't find the plate, especially with his fastball.

Personally I think he should throw more breaking balls. His off-speed stuff has good movement and he seems to have better control.

Kipnis is down again with the elbow. They should DL him for 15 days until it's 100%. It's not like we have no options with Aviles and Phelps.

Nice job by Stubbs getting on base three times as he filled in for Bourn as the leadoff hitter.

Cody Allen didn't look good in spring training so it was nice to see him fan six in three innings. However, he needed to get Napoli out when he came on with two out and the bases loaded. Had he done that it would have been 4-0 in the 2nd and the Tribe would have had a much better chance to get back into it.

Let's see if Masterson can go four for four tonight and give us a chance to win this series.
Tony
April 17, 2013 - 7:52 AM EDT
WHy would the Marlins even be interested in that for Stanton? All of those guys have limited value, low upside. To get Stanton you are sending away players like Lindor, Bauer, etc.
Bric
April 17, 2013 - 1:25 AM EDT
Jiminez is trying his hardest, but is very confused as a pitcher.
Maybe he needs a change of scenery, and along with Cord Phelps, Drew Stubbs, and Juan Diaz, he should be offered to Miami for Giancarlo Stanton.
All players need a fresh start for one reason or another.

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