Jimenez Solid Again As Indians Hit Four HR’s In 7-3 Win
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians continued their assault on opposing pitchers Monday night, beating up the A’s in a 7-3 win at Progressive Field.
After being held to two runs on Sunday by Mike Pelfrey and the Twins, the offense seemed right back to form, putting up seven runs on nine hits in the win.
The victory puts the Indians at 15-14 on the season, while the A’s fall to 18-15.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit two of the Indians four homers in the contest, one in the first and another in the fifth. It was the third multi-HR game of Cabrera’s career.
Cabrera was joined first by Jason Kipnis, who started the home run parade with his third blast of the season to start the scoring in the first.
The back-to-back homers for Kipnis and Cabrera made it the fourth time already in 2013 the team has reached the feat.
The others were April 4th in Toronto, April 17th vs Boston, and April 30th vs Philadelphia.
The homer that everyone will be talking about came off the bat of third basemen Mark Reynolds, who blasted a Jarrod Parker pitch 460-feet just below the scoreboard in left.
His homer put the Indians up 4-1 entering the 6th.
For Reynolds, it was his 10th homer of the season, and his 27th RBI, both of which leads the Indians.
Ubaldo Jimenez wasn’t as dominant as he was a week ago Monday in KC when he went into the 7th with a shutout, but still held the A’s in check for the most part.
He went 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked three, and struck out a season high eight.
Jimenez, who improves to 2-2 on the year and drops his ERA to 6.37 from 7.13, threw 101 pitches, 61 for strikes.
The Indians were up 4-2 when Jimenez left, giving way to Nick Hagadone with the bases loaded and two outs in the 6th, and Hagadone, called up Monday for the injured Vinnie Pestano, got Josh Reddick looking to end the inning.
A three-run 7th inning put the game away for the Indians, with DH Jason Giambi getting the big hit, a two-out bases loaded, full count single to center that scored two to make it 7-2.
Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith both threw for the Indians to hold the lead intact. Oakland pushed a final meaningless run across in the 8th.
Tuesday the Indians will look for their second straight as Zach McAllister (2-3, 3.30) goes for the Tribe vs lefty Tommy Milone (3-3, 3.69) for Oakland at 7:05pm.