Here's the good news. This was the best outing for the spring for Ubaldo Jimenez. Give him five innings, three runs (two earned) and seven hits allowed.
But it also was a strange game for the Tribe right-hander. He didn't walk anyone, yet was at 90 pitches after five innings in a game the Tribe eventually lost, 7-1, to the Chicago White Sox.
"I felt good, I threw a lot of strikes," he said. "This is the first game [this spring] that I was able to that. I threw a lot of fastballs, too."
For the Indians, the reason to smile is that Jimenez was solid against a lineup with most of the White Sox regulars. He stayed out of major trouble. I watched the fourth inning from behind several scouts who held up radar guns -- most of his fastballs were in the 93-94 mph range. That's not the 95-97 that he was during his 19-8 (2.88 ERA) season with the Rockies in 2010.
With season rapidly approaching, Ubaldo Jimenez offers mixed results in latest start for Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 28