If Ubaldo Jimenez's pitches were golf shots, they'd all be followed by the word "FORE!" Ironically, fours were on display in Anaheim as Jimenez gave up four runs in the first and four runs in the fourth while lasting four innings in his fifth loss since the All-Star break. It started ugly, leveled off, and then got ugly again for the Tribe right hander while the Indians managed just a couple of runs in their latest lopsided drubbing, a 9-2 defeat to even the series.
Zack Greinke got plenty of help from his offense en route to his first win as an Angel. Greinke gave up a leadoff single to Jason Kipnis, starting for the first time since August 8, but immediately induced an Asdrubal Cabrera double play ball. While the Indians went quietly in the first, the Angels made a lot of noise in their half. Mike Trout doubled to leadoff the game and scored on a Torii Hunter single. After Albert Pujols walked, Kendrys Morales singled home Hunter. Mark Trumbo followed with another single and Chris Ianetta rounded out the scoring with a two-out RBI single. The Indians trailed 4-0 before their second trip to the plate
In the top half of the fourth, the Indians cut the deficit in half. Carlos Santana was hit by a pitch with two outs, apparently for something he did to irritate Greinke. Both benches were warned and Santana sauntered down to first. Michael Brantley, seemingly fired up by what happened, hit the next pitch deep over the wall in right field for his fifth home run of the season. The Indians failed to add on when Kotchman promptly flew out to end the inning.
Instead of building on the momentum, Jimenez threw it all away. Erick Aybar took Jimenez deep to push the lead back to three and Pujols supplied the dagger with a three-run blast on a pitch he dug out and hooked just inside the left field line. Jimenez and his self-deprecating body language melted away for a moment, allowing him to strike out Howie Kendrick and Trumbo to end the inning. Jimenez's final line read four innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He was replaced to start the fifth by Chris Seddon. Seddon allowed a run on a RBI double by Pujols in the sixth.
To the Tribe's credit, they scratched out a couple of runs in the seventh. Brantley reached on an infield single to start the inning. After Kotchman flew out, the Tribe put together three straight singles to score a run, with Ezequiel Carrera's high chopper off home plate driving in Brantley. Kipnis grounded out to first to plate another run and make the score 9-4. After a fairly long at bat, Cabrera struck out with two runners in scoring position. Greinke left to uproarious applause for holding the Indians offensive juggernaut to four runs.
Seddon tried his best to eliminate the momentum the Indians picked up. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, the Angels #8 and #9 hitters singled to put men on the corners.. Frank Herrmann was summoned from the bullpen to face Trout and got him to hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Indians used the boost from Herrmann to their advantage. Brantley singled with one out and Kotchman hit a two-run bomb to the seats in right to make it a 9-6 game. The blast prompted Mike Scioscia to go to the bullpen. Jason Donald greeted Kevin Jepsen with a line drive single right back up the middle, but Jack Hannahan flew out to end the threat.
Herrmann retired the Angels in order in the eighth and the Indians got their first look at Angels closer Ernesto Frieri. Carrera flew out to center, Kipnis fanned on three pitches, and Cabrera flew out to right to end the game.
With the loss, the Indians fell to 54-63. Ubaldo Jimenez registered loss #12 and bumped his ERA up to 5.62. Zack Greinke picked up his first win as an Angel and first American League win since September 30, 2010 as a member of the Royals. Ernesto Frieri notched save #14.
Stat of the Night: Ubaldo Jimenez has made 20 road starts during his Indians tenure. In those 20 starts, his ERA is 7.89.
Player of the Game: Michael Brantley collected three hits, hit a home run, and scored three of the Tribe's six runs. A great night for Brantley who is now batting .293.
Tomorrow's Game: Roberto Hernandez makes his Major League debut with his actual name against Ervin Santana in the rubber match at 10:05 p.m.