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MLB Final Score: Cleveland Indians 9, Kansas City Royals 0: Bizarro Ubaldo shocks everyone, especially the Royals, by pitching a gem

No, I didn't switch the scores.

Bizarro Ubaldo, who somehow is missing his goatee.
Bizarro Ubaldo, who somehow is missing his goatee.
Ed Zurga

How can I rationally explain this game? I can't. Ubaldo Jimenez throws seven shutout innings? Ryan Raburn goes 4-for-4 with two homers? Even the most naive optimist with a gallon of Kool-Aid in his gullet wouldn't come up with this script. So the heck with rationalization; embrace tonight's irrationality!

  • Jason Kipnis got things going with a home run in the first inning off of Royals starter Wade Davis, and the Indians would have scored at least one more run if not for a fine throw to the plate by Lorenzo Cain.
  • The Indians collected another run in the third, but by the fifth inning, it seemed as though all those missed opportunities would come back to bite the Indians. After all, Ubdaldo was pitching....
  • But Ubaldo was going through the Kansas City lineup like a hot knife through butter. His fastball was in the mid-90s, his curve was tight and in the strike zone (or was it a slider?), and his changeup was fooling practically everyone. He hardly used his splitter. Very good batters had defensive swings against Jimenez.
  • The Indians broke the game open in the fifth inning. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled home the third run of the game, and Mark Reynolds had a key two-out, opposite-field single that made the score 5-0. Then Ryan Raburn removed all doubt with a three-run homer.
  • Jimenez only allowed an infield single through his first seven innings. He ran out of gas in the eighth, but Nick Hagadone cleaned up the mess to keep JImenez's outing scoreless.
  • Despite all the low points on this road trip, the Indians head home 5-4, ending with consecutive fine outings from Corey Kluber and Ubaldo Jimenez. Justin Masterson was actually the pitcher who had the bad outing in this series.

Source: FanGraphs

Roll Call (49 Commenters)

Game Thread (535 Comments)

# Commenter # Comments
1 johnf34 70
2 Danieldelamaiz 54
3 gte619n 42
4 Chief Wahoo 29
5 ahowie 28
6 westbrook 26
7 mauichuck 24
8 Mr. Bad Example 22
9 CManchester13 19
10 OPace 17
11 Gradyforpresident 16
12 jayme 13
13 LosIndios 12
14 supermarioelia 11
15 V-Mart Shopper 11
16 hans 10
17 emily522 10
18 troyflowers 10
19 Joel D 10
20 tr1betime 9
21 woodsmeister 9
22 cleveland teamer 7
23 walter.white 7
24 weareallkipnisses 6
25 NatiTribeFan 6
26 DocNo 5
27 Lukehart80 4
28 no1ever 4
29 BuenosAires_Dawg 4
30 emd2k3 3
31 Cols714 3
32 mtg8 3
33 APV 3
34 The Grimace 3
35 janic_13 3
37 Ryan 3
38 Cadfael80 3
39 PortlandVinny 2
40 captain_hair24 2
41 27ftBaja 2
42 tabler84 2
43 The Lame Ranger 1
44 DPS 1
45 Turkmenbashi 1
46 kennesawmountainwahoo 1
47 Brad D 1
48 tgriffith1992 1
49 Nat 1

I would be remiss if I didn't include a couple nominees for this week's Soylent Green is People.

In reference to Wednesday's Trevor Bauer/Cliff Lee matchup:

I’ve gotta believe it will be the largest disparity of the number of books read between opposing starters in MLB history.

by Joel D on Apr 29, 2013 | 9:12 PM up reply rec (10) actions

When the score was still 1-0:

Guys, is anyone else having problems with MLB.TV? I’m looking for the Tribe game, but the one being shown shows a 1-0 CLE lead with a runner on 2nd and good pitching.

We wear caps and sleeves at this level, son. Understood?

by no1ever on Apr 29, 2013 | 8:48 PM reply rec (3) flag actions

This exchange happened a bit later in the game...

Who is this guy pitching???

can we put Ubaldo’s brain in Tomlin’s body and trade it to the Yankees?

"I can very easily see a scenario in a couple of months where we’re talking about our starting rotation as a strength.’’ –CA

by westbrook on Apr 29, 2013 | 9:59 PM up reply rec (3) flag actions

Ryan Rayburn's misspelling curse has been commuted.

Raburn? What?

You have earned three days of correct spelling, sir.

by gte619n on Apr 29, 2013 | 9:29 PM reply rec (3) flag actions