Not much good news in tonight’s imminently and eminently forgettable 9-2 loss to the Pirates. The Indians managed only 6 hits and solo HRs by Asdrubal and Kotchman provided the only scoring.
Michael Brantley’s 22 game hit streak ended, the longest for an Indians CF since Tris Speaker’s 23 game string back in the 1920′s. The Tribe went 0-8 with RISP, stranded 8 runners and never really got started on offense.
On the mound, Ubaldo entered the game on a nice hot streak with impressive wins over two good hitting clubs in Detroit and St. Louis based primarily on good fastball command, better pitch selection (limiting the array of different breaking balls thrown) and walk avoidance. He was decent tonight, giving up 4 runs over 6 innings with only 2 walks. Poor games from Hagadone and Sipp rendered ugliness to the final score.
Of note, the last 2 good outings for Jimenez were both with Marson behind the plate and on the season he and Marson are 3-1 together compared to 3-4 with Santana. His ERA with Marson is also lower.
Coincidence? Hard to say at this point but the trend (if it’s one) is worth considering.