Player of the Game: Ubaldo Jimenez (6 Inn, 3 H, 1 ER 1 BB / 8 SO)
It was a nail biter in the heart of Motown Saturday night, as the Tribe snuck by their Central Division rival Detroit Tigers, 7-6. What looked to be an easy win against ace Justin Verlander with Cleveland up 6-1 in the seventh inning, ultimately fell apart late by the Indians bullpen.
Relievers Nick Hagadone and Cody Allen combined to pitch just one inning, giving up four earned runs before closer Chris Perez pushed fans to the edge of their seats in the ninth. Pure Rage would get the job done despite giving up just one unearned run to record his sixth save of the season.
The talk of the game though was all about Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez. For his third straight start, Jimenez (3-2, 5.55 ERA) looked sharp tossing six innings of three hit ball, yielding just one run, one walk and eight strikeouts.
Beating yet another Cy Young winner in Verlander
I can’t think of a better offensive showing by the Trib...