Player of the Game
With a dominating performance, today’s starter, Ubaldo Jimenez takes home “Player of the Game” honors with a score of 4.66. With Justin Masterson winning on Thursday, only starting pitchers have won this award this season. Jimenez was able to make the start today despite his 5 game suspension for hitting Rockie Troy Tulowiski in the spring. Jimenez was appealing his suspension, but will drop the appeal after his start today. In his performance today, Ubaldo pitched a perfect game through 5.2 innings and hitless ball through 6. Jimenez pitched 7 innings, allowing just one hit and 2 runs. He did not get the decision in today’s game.
Jason Kipnis provided the only hit for the Indians in the first 8 innings of the game with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 5th inning. The Indians took advantage of an opportunity when Casey Kotchman reached on an error with 2 outs before Kipnis homered.
Toronto closer Sergio Santos blew a save in the bottom of the ninth inning when Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game with a solo shot to right field, causing the game to go into extra inning for the second straight time.
The Indians defense was solid through the first 2 games of the year. In 28 innings the Indians have not committed a single error. Today’s defensive efforts were topped by a few nice plays by left fielder Shelly Duncan.
Pure Rage Chris Perez made a comeback today. After his sub par outing on Thursday, Perez pitched the top of the 11th inning today, retiring all 3 batters he faced, striking out one.
The Indians offense lacked today, recording only 2 hits in regulation, both home runs. Fortunately, that was enough to keep them in the game, but needless to say, these boys need to start hitting.
Tony Sipp did not have his best stuff today. He let the Blue Jays take the lead in the top of the 12th inning, giving up 2 doubles, a single, and 2 runs before recording a single out. After getting the first out of the inning, Sipp gave up another RBI single before being pulled by manager Manny Acta.
Play of the Game
Asdrubal Cabrera ties game with homer in bottom of 9th. See it here
Final Score: Toronto Blue Jays 7 – Cleveland Indians 4