As Butch said to Sundance, “Who are those guys?”
Having buried the bar so miserably low the last two weeks, the Indians actually won their second straight with a well-played victory over Boston, 5-3.
Jimenez had a smooth, consistent delivery tonight which helped establish solid fastball command he turned into 10 Ks in only 6 innings (70 of 106 pitches were strikes, a high ratio for him). As important, he limited his reliance on offspeed and splitters and as a result walked only one. A clean shaven but hardly boyish Chris Perez finished for his 30th save.
— Jason Donald, recalled earlier in the day when Hafner went on the DL again, homered leading off the Indians’ first with a twisting fly just inside the right field foul pole.
— The Indians trailed 3-1 in the 5th but bunched 2 walks, 2 singles and a double with a sac fly to score 3 runs and take the lead for good. The key hits were an rbi 2B by Cabrera, a bases loaded single by Santana and the sac fly from Brantley.
— Donald plated an insurance run in the 8th with a bases loaded ground out.
— Turning Point: With the score only 4-3 in the 7th and 1 out, Boston’s Ciriaco tried to advance from 2B on a grounder to short. Asdrubal aggressively threw to 3B and later tagged Ciriaco out in a rundown, then wheeled and fired to Donald to catch Crawford sliding into 2B and end the rally.
— The win vaults the Tribe 2.5 games ahead of the Mini Twins and keeps them 3.5 games in front of the KC Masterpieces for last place in the Division.