Written by Chris Slade
Tonight's game got under way at 7:05 ET with Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Carrasco on the mound. The Indians pounced on Jimenez early with Carlos Santana hitting a three-run homer in the 1st. The Indians went ahead 6-0 in the 5th when Jose Ramirez hit an RBI single and Michael Brantley followed with a two-run bomb. Carrasco dealt for the Indians who cruised to a 6-0 victory and a guaranteed series win.
Ubaldo Jimenez had a disappointing outing today to say the least. It's a shame really as I'm sure everyone in Cleveland was happy to see him in an opposing uniform today. His control woes continued in the 1st inning when he walked the first two batters if the game before serving up a long home run to Carlos Santana. He appeared to have settled in the next three innings, putting up zero's with relative ease. Everything went down hill in the 5th when former Oriole, Chris Dickerson led off with a double and scored on a single from Jose Ramirez. Jimenez was then chased from the game after serving up a home run to Michael Brantley. He takes his 9th loss of the season.
Final Line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, Loss
T.J. McFarland took over for Jimenez in the 5th. He worked 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out three.
Brad Brach retired the side in the 7th inning with two strikeouts.
Tommy Hunter worked a scoreless 8th with a strikeout.
The Orioles bats were shut down again today. Carlos Carrasco dominated from the get go. I don't know if the stadium gun was hot but his fastball sat 97-98 MPH over the first few innings and he was still hitting 95-96 MPH with movement in the 7th. He also snapped off sharp 90 MPH sliders that gave Chris Davis a fit.
Nick Markakis had a nice 2-for-4 game in the leadoff spot, accounting for half of the four total hits the O's collected on offense today.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Chris Davis made a nice running stop on a groundball from Zach Walters in the 4th then sprinted to fisrst for the unassisted out.
Key Moments In The Game
Carlos Santana big blast in the 1st gave Carlos Carrasco an early cushion to work with and the Indians never looked back.
Other Notes/ Musings
The Orioles have scored 22 runs for Jiminez in his 4 wins and have now scored just 7 runs total in his 9 losses.
What is it with the AL Central? They seem to have the Orioles number this year.
We'll see if the bats can get it going again tomorrow at 1.05 ET. They'll be facing Danny Salazar another flamethrower who brings similar stuff as Carrasco. Kevin Gausman, a flamethrower in his own right, will oppose him.
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