Perhaps it is time to stop asking for more and just be happy with who Ubaldo Jimenez is right now as a pitcher.
Jimenez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Saturday night as the Indians beat Oakland 7-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 35067 at O.co Coliseum. The victory cut the A's lead in the race for the second wild card to three games over Baltimore and 3 1/2 over the Indians.
The Tribe remained six games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central.
Here's the thing about Jimenez (9-7 4.00). Yes he had a no-hitter with one out in the sixth but there was no way he was getting through the inning. Rich Hill was already warming in the bullpen when Jimenez hit Josh Reddick with a pitch. After Yoenis Cespedes walked Bryan Shaw joined him.
With double-barrel action in the pen Jimenez struck out Brandon Moss. He was already at 104 pitches the count fattened by five walks and eight strikeouts. When Josh Donaldson sent Jimenez's first pitch into center field for an RBI single to mak...