Every one of Ubaldo Jimenez's starts have seemed like soap operas, as the big right-hander has struggled to throw strikes, keep his pitch counts down, and pitch deep into games. Jimenez was able to do all that Sunday in his best start of the season, a 4-2 decision over the Texas Rangers.
Jimenez pitched seven scoreless innings on two hits, with six strikeouts. He did walk five, but the walks weren't nearly as damaging as they could have been because he only allowed two hits.
He threw 107 pitches, which was much better than his last start in which he threw 105 pitches in just 4 23 innings. Sunday's effort was the kind of start Indians officials have been waiting all season to see from Jimenez, who is a key player on the team's roster.
Jimenez is the No. 2 starter in the rotation and it's difficult to see the Indians remaining in contention this season without a big year from Jimenez. So his performance Sunday was a welcome one, for Jimenez himself and for his bosses.