GOODYEAR, AZ (92.3 The Fan) – Last spring Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was a mess. Not able to get batters out, Jimenez never got going, and it showed with a regular season that was a disaster.
Fast forward to spring training 2013, and it seems that the Indians number two pitcher is throwing the ball much better, and is more confident.
Thursday in Goodyear he built on that confidence, throwing four solid innings as the Indians won their 10 game of the spring, beating the San Francisco Giants 6-4 in front of 4,832 fans.
“After about the first four, five pitches I thought he settled in,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He started working down in the zone, got some groundballs, limited the damage gave up the one run.
“I think he’s building on each start, getting stronger.”
Jimenez was better in this outing than his first two for the Indians, going four innings, allowing a run on three hits and striking out a pair.
“I felt good, I thought my last outing I was able to throw the ball a little bit lower than today,” Jimenez said. “Even though the score didn’t show it, I felt really good.”
Jimenez following his outing went and threw 15 pitches in the bullpen, putting him at roughly 60 pitches on the afternoon.
In his first time on the mound this spring back on March 2nd, Jimenez gave up five runs on seven hits against the Giants, allowing a homer, walk and striking out two.
Raburn .550, Swish .524
The Tribe power display was on in the fourth and fifth, when they combined for six runs off Giants pitching, with a pair of homers.
Ryan Raburn got the Indians a 2-1 lead in the 4th when with the bases loaded he doubled to left to score a pair.
In the 5th, the Tribe got two on for Nick Swisher, who crushed a pitch off the batters eye above the center field wall for a three-run homer.
Jason Giambi followed it up with his first blast of the spring, a solo shot to right to give the Indians a 6-1 advantage.
Raburn is now hitting .550 this spring as he works his way towards a spot as a utility player for the Tribe, while Swisher is hitting .524.
Cody Allen got beat up a little bit, allowing three Giants runs in the 6th, but the other Indians pitchers were able to shut out the Giants the rest of the way.
The Indians will be in Surprise on Friday to take on the Kansas City Royals at 3:05pm EST. The Tribe will throw out Corey Kulber (0-0, 6.43) vs Noel Arguelles (0-0, 9.00).