Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 6/10/12

Kip. Kip. Boom.

That’s the story of this one as Cardinals closer Jason Motte challenged Jason Kipnis with a 98 mph fastball that he deposited into the right field seats for a three-run homer that gave the Tribe a 4-1 victory. That Kipnis blast came after a dramatic bottom of the eighth where Vinnie Pestano walked the bases loaded with one out and then struck out Yadier Molina and Allen Craig. Chris Perez came on for the save (and the vomit). Pestano came away with the win, but Ubaldo Jimenez had perhaps his best outing of the season with seven strong innings, zero walks, and one mistake, a first-inning homer allowed to Carlos Beltran. The Tribe, now one-half game behind Chicago once again, is off tomorrow and opens a three-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Scoring Summary Bot 1st: St. Louis - C. Beltran homered to deep right center Top 3rd: Cleveland - C. Santana hit sacrifice fly to left, S. Choo scored Top 9th: Cleveland - J. Kipnis homered to deep right, J. Damon and A. Cabrera scored  Cleveland AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg S. Choo rf 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .272 A. Cabrera ss 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .296 J. Kipnis 2b 4 1 3 3 1 1 0 1 1 .285 C. Santana 1b-c 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 3 .225 M. Brantley cf 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 .286 J. Lopez 3b-1b-3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .263 S. Duncan lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .208     A. Cunningham lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 L. Marson c 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .208     L. Chisenhall ph-3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .206     C. Kotchman 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .219 U. Jimenez p 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 .000     V. Pestano p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000     J. Damon ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .190     C. Perez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000  Totals 36 4 10 4 1 4 9 1 18  Batting 2B - S Choo (16, J Kelly); J Kipnis (6, J Kelly). HR - J Kipnis (10, 9th inning off J Motte 2 on, 1 Out). SF - C Santana. RBI - J Kipnis 3 (39), C Santana (27). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - C Santana 1, M Brantley 2, U Jimenez 2. Team LOB - 10.  Base Running SB - J Kipnis (15, 2nd base off M Rzepczynski/Y Molina).  Fielding DP - 1 (J Kipnis-A Cabrera-C Santana).  St. Louis AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg R. Furcal ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .304 C. Beltran rf 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .290 Y. Molina c 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 .330 A. Craig lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .345     J. Motte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 M. Adams 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .254 D. Freese 3b 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .266 D. Descalso 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .230 A. Chambers cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .214 J. Kelly p 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000     V. Marte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000     S. Robinson ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284     M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000     M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000     T. Greene ph-lf 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .208  Totals 32 1 6 1 1 3 10 1 12  Batting HR - C Beltran (18, 1st inning off U Jimenez 0 on, 1 Out). RBI - C Beltran (46). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - Y Molina 1, A Craig 2. GIDP - R Furcal. Team LOB - 7.  Base Running SB - T Greene (7, 2nd base off V Pestano/C Santana).  Cleveland IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA U. Jimenez 7.0 5 1 1 0 7 1 1.59 4.91 V. Pestano (W, 3-0) 1.0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1.09 2.19 C. Perez (S, 20) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.03 2.59  St. Louis IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA J. Kelly 5.0 7 1 1 1 4 0 1.60 1.80 V. Marte 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.21 3.95 M. Rzepczynski 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.24 4.76 M. Boggs 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.12 2.02 J. Motte (L, 3-3) 1.0 2 3 3 1 2 1 1.01 3.71 WP - U Jimenez, J Kelly. Pitches-strikes - U Jimenez 102-67; V Pestano 32-17; C Perez 15-11; J Motte 29-16; J Kelly 79-51; V Marte 18-9; M Rzepczynski 20-10; M Boggs 9-7. Ground balls-fly balls - U Jimenez 7-7; V Pestano 1-0; C Perez 1-2; J Motte 2-1; J Kelly 6-8; V Marte 0-1; M Rzepczynski 2-1; M Boggs 2-1. Batters faced - U Jimenez 25; V Pestano 6; C Perez 4; J Motte 6; J Kelly 23; V Marte 4; M Rzepczynski 5; M Boggs 3. Game Details Umpires: HP–Wally Bell. 1B–Brian Knight. 2B–Mike Winters. 3B–Mark Wegner.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, right to left.
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