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Spring Training Game # 25: Indians 4, Brewers 2

Jimenez solid as Marson, Stubbs back Tribe

Spring Training Game # 25: Indians 4, Brewers 2
March 19, 2013
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Ubaldo Jimenez struck out five and allowed just two earned runs across 5 1/3 innings of work to lead the Indians to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Goodyear Ballpark on Monday.

Jimenez was far from perfect, but he was also far from awful too, and his performance ensured that the Indians would have a chance to win the contest. Jimenez now has a 4.91 ERA in 18 1/3 innings this spring.

Other key performances came from catcher Lou Marson and right fielder Drew Stubbs, who each went 2-for-3 to lead the Indians. Though the biggest hit of the afternoon might have belonged to Ezequiel Carrera, who recorded a single in the bottom of the sixth inning, which scored Tyler Holt and put the Indians ahead for good.

Indians lineup

  1. Michael Bourn — CF (Ezequiel Carrera)
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera — SS (Luis Hernandez)
  3. Jason Kipnis — 2B (Cord Phelps)
  4. Nick Swisher — 1B (Chris McGuiness)
  5. Michael Brantley — LF (Ryan Raburn)
  6. Mark Reynolds — DH (Matt Carson)
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall — 3B (Matt Antonelli)
  8. Drew Stubbs — RF (Tyler Holt)
  9. Lou Marson — C (Omir Santos)


  • Ubaldo Jimenez — 5 1/3 IP
  • Jerry Gil — 2/3 IP
  • Vinnie Pestano — 1 IP
  • Joe Smith — 1 IP
  • Scott Barnes — 1 IP


— Well, Ubaldo Jimenez was on the mound, so how can we possibly start with anyone other than the lanky right-hander? Jimenez has now had back-to-back solid, if unspectacular outings. He was very hittable on Monday as he allowed seven hits, and also unfortunately recorded one wild pitch and hit a batter. However, for all the bad, there was plenty of good too. Jimenez notched five strikeouts, but the most important thing may be that he did not seem to mentally implode on the mound. For instance, in the top of the second inning, things went as bad you could expect for Jimenez. He allowed two straight singles before Jean Segura stole a second to put runners on third and second with no outs. A wild pitch by Jimenez would score Logan Schafer, but he then settled down from there. He came back with a strikeout and a popout and while he eventually hit a batter, he managed to get Norichika Aoki to lineout to end the inning. All things considered, it could have been much worse, so you have to tip your cap to Jimenez after this tightrope act.

Nick Hagadone is the frontrunner for the final left-handed spot in the Indians’ bullpen, but not if Scott Barnes has anything to say about it. Barnes recorded a save on Monday and also struck out two batters in the process. The deceptive left-hander now has a 2.84 ERA in 6 1/3 innings of work. He’s also recorded seven strikeouts against just two walks. Truth be told, either one of these guys would probably make for a great late-innings, left-handed reliever. A lot of fans are clamoring for Barnes to return to the starting rotation, but his stuff just seems to translate so well in the bullpen. That was the case last season, and that’s been the case this spring as well.

— If the Indians do look for help at Triple-A Columbus this season, one of the first players they may look to could be Cord Phelps. The switch-hitter hit a line drive triple in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Carrera and give the Indians an extra insurance run on Monday. He has a nice skill set, and his bat certainly plays well in the Majors. Phelps is now hitting .324 in 18 games this spring. If Ryan Raburn struggles, expect Phelps to get the Major League call.

Coming up

The Indians are off on Tuesday, but right-hander Corey Kluber will pitch in a minor league game at the Indians facility. On Wednesday, the Indians return to action to face the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz and right-hander Trevor Bauer will get the start for the Tribe.

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User Comments

March 19, 2013 - 4:50 PM EDT
@ Shy

The guy just had two solid starts and your calling for his head. You just don't seem to get it. Carrasco and Bauer are far from sure things. No one in their right mind is going to just throw Ubaldo away before the season even starts and eat his contract without giving him a chance at the start of the season. If he does not improve from last year then you can go ahead and bring up Carrasco and Bauer. Who knows whats going to happen with the rotation this year.

Carrasco might get hurt, Meyers may be terrible and Bauer may need more time in AAA. But, maybe Masterson is back on track, McCallister improves and Kazmir makes a solid come back. So, maybe have a solid 4.40 starter like Ubaldo to carry the back end of the rotation maybe just what they need. The point I am trying to make is you can cut him when its obvious we have the other arms to replace him. To do so before that is just shooting yourself in foot because it itches.
March 19, 2013 - 9:07 AM EDT
Game was on MLB Network. Nice to see Cord Phelps do well, big fan of his. Not wishing Raburn ill but didn't see the need. Ubie might be able to hold runners better if he actually looked over to 1st once in a while. Players don't get SB's off of him, the get "pitcher's indifference". There were kids on my grandson's Rec League teams that look more focused. Are beta-blockers illegal in MLB? They might try putting some in Ubie's pre-game rum.
March 19, 2013 - 8:50 AM EDT
That line out by Aoki was lucky to be caught. Having Brantley's range in LF is the only thing that saved Jimenez from giving up more runs in the inning. I watched through the 3rd inning and was completely unimpressed by his ability to control the ball. Perhaps he settled in a bit more after I stopped watching, but what I saw was painful.
March 19, 2013 - 1:50 AM EDT
Tony tweeted Jimenez was between 88-91 today. If you're 6'5" and throwing 95-96 you might be able to get away with leading the league in wild pitches and hit batsmen. When you're 88-91 you better have the command and presence on the mound of Greg Maddux. For a guy who can't field his position very well and can't hold runners at all you can't be putting them on base at the rate of 1.5+ per inning. Why bother with this guy? Pay him off and put Carrasco and or Bauer out there. You've seen him 40 starts now, 4 pitching coaches and nothing is changing- nothing is getting better.

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