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Ubaldo leads 9-0 victory over Royals

Ubaldo leads 9-0 victory over Royals
April 30, 2013
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Kansas City, MO — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven plus innings of shutout baseball and right fielder Ryan Raburn went 4-for-4 with two home runs, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 9-0.
 
With the win, the Tribe finished their road trip with a 5-4 record before returning to Cleveland on Tuesday.
 
Jimenez (1-2, 7.13) recorded his first win since August 9, 2012 and snapped a personal eight-game losing streak. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Two of the three hits came back-to-back in the bottom of the eighth to open the inning.
 
Nick Hagadone and Cody Allen pitched the final two innings, allowing no base runners while striking out three. The shutout was the third for the Indians pitching staff this season and the three hits allowed were a season low.
 
Cleveland got on the board early with a solo homer to center by second baseman Jason Kipnis, his first of the season. After adding another run in the third on an Asdrubal Cabrera single, the Indians broke out for six runs in the fifth off Royals starter Wade Davis.
 
With runners on first and second with one out, Cabrera doubled to deep right, scoring Michael Brantley from second. Following a ground out, designated hitter Mark Reynolds singled to right to plate another run. Carlos Santana followed with a RBI-double before Raburn drilled the killing blow with a three-run homer to left field, putting the Indians up 8-0.
 
Following the Raburn homer, Davis (2-2, 5.55) was finished. He pitched just four and two-thirds innings, allowing eight earned runs on twelve hits and three walks. It was the second straight start in which a Royals starter failed to pitch five innings.
 
In the top of the eighth, Raburn finished off his stellar night by driving a 98 mph pitch into the seats in right field, his second dinger of the game.
 
Santana, who came into the game with an American League best .386 batting average, had one hit and one walk. Reynolds had two hits and a RBI, his 20th of the season.
 
Cleveland will head home to begin a nine-game homestand against the Philadelphia Phillies. Zach McAllister (1-3, 3.52) will go for his second win of the season against former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08).
 
Notes: Ryan Raburn hit two home runs in one game for the fifth time in his career. … Jason Kipnis' homer ended a 150 at-bat homer-less drought dating back to last season.

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

Tony
April 30, 2013 - 8:57 AM EDT
Laffey will likely end up with a minor league deal with someone. His declining the Jays outright assignment was not so much because of the minor league contract, but because he wanted to have the freedom to sign with any team and maybe put himself into a better situation with a ML opportunity. Considering the Indians lack of starting options with so many guys out right now, I think he is very much a stop gap option they may look to pick up. He is not much of a Major League pitcher, but the Indians need some depth because if anyone else in the rotation gets hurt they will be down to their 10th starting pitcher already.
Rich
April 30, 2013 - 8:47 AM EDT
Sometimes you just have to let it go. Laffey will never be a successful major league pitcher. Same goes for Huff. These guys hit their peaks several years ago and have plateaued. They are what they are; decent AAA players.

Fantastic performance by Ubaldo building off of his last start where he got in a groove and retired 14 straight with all his pitches working. Only last night he avoided the rocky first inning and stretched the good part out to seven innings.

If Ubaldo and Kazmir can consistently pitch like they have in their last two starts, this team could hang around for a long time, especially in a weak division like the AL Central is shaping up to be.

Nice to see the Tribe go an entire game without making an error, too.

How about Raburn hitting a 98 mph fastball over the fence for his second HR of the game? And how about Kipnis putting one over the center field wall? Brantley and ACab are starting to hit, so if we can get Chiz to join the party this team could take off.

Not too thrilled about having to face Halladay and Lee the next two games, though. Wednesday's game will be interesting with the Lee/Bauer matchup. Indians past versus Indians future.

Matthew
April 30, 2013 - 8:34 AM EDT
I agree on Laffey, if he's willing to accept a minor league deal with the Tribe, we should make that move. However, since he refused his assignment to AAA from the Jays, I doubt he would be willing to take a minor league deal. Maybe if we include an opt-out date if he's not in Cleveland by June 1, similar to Dice-K. We just have so little SP depth due to all the injuries, the Tribe will have to do something to add some depth and Laffey is about as good an option as there is out there right now.
Homer
April 30, 2013 - 7:37 AM EDT
Good game by Ubaldo, to give credit where it is due.

Aaron Laffey is now a FA and should be on the Tribes radar. At least to add some depth to this rotation. I'd prefer to see him on the mound than some internal options.

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