Tribe takes 2nd straight from Texas

by Dan M | Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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By Dic Humphrey

ARLINGTON, Texas – Cleveland beat Texas Wednesday night, 5-2, the Indians second win in a row after snapping an eight game losing streak a day earlier.  With the win, Cleveland clinched the series two games to one.  The Texas loss coupled with the Athletics win over the Yankees dropped the Rangers into second place, one game behind Oakland.

Ubaldo Jimenez, once the ace of the Colorado Rockies, looks to be rounding back into ace form after struggling since joining the Indians in 2011.  His record for the Tribe was 17-25 before Wednesday night, but improved to 5-4 this year with five innings pitched and one run allowed on just four hits.  He has now won five of his last seven decisions.  His ERA dropped below 5.00 with the performance to 4.79.  He departed with a pitch count of 101 and with Adrian Beltre and Lance Berkman on base.  They had walked and singled to lead off the sixth inning.  Tribe relievers Rich Hill and Bryan Shaw got out of the inning without any scoreboard damage.  Nick Hagadone and Vinnie Pestano finished off the Rangers to secure the win.
Nick Tepesch was the Rangers’ starter.  He allowed five runs on eight hits, a walk and two hit batsmen over five innings.  His record fell to 3-6, and the Rangers are 4-8 in his starts.  In the post game media gathering, it was mentioned that Texas has lost seven on the last eight games Tepesch has started, but Washington defended his pitcher indicating that run support is his biggest problem.  He has a point as the Rangers have scored just eight runs in the last five games Tepesch started.

For the second night in a row, the Ranger bats looked lethargic.  They tallied just eight hits and went 1-5 with runners in scoring position.  Leonys Martin scored both runs on his third home run of the season in the third inning, and on Jurickson Profar’s ninth inning double.  He is hitting .361 at home.

“I’m just trying to get them to relax,” Washington said. ” We’ve got to continue to fight through it.  What I have is what I have.  We just have to wait for it to come around.  One day we’ll go out there and it will fall back into place.”

The home stand continues for Texas Thursday as Toronto makes their only trip to Arlington this weekend for four games.  Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.75) faces Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.60) in Thursday’s opener, which will be televised locally on FOX Sports Southwest.

Notes: The Rangers have now lost three straight series for the first time in since June of 2012. … Wednesday’s game was telecast by ESPN.  John Sciambi, Curt Schilling and Pedro Gomez announced the game.  The ESPN feed was blacked out in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Cleveland markets. … Cleveland is below .500 for the season, but has played like gangbusters against teams in the American League West.  They have a combined record of 12-2 going 2-1 against Texas, 4-0 against Oakland, 4-0 against Seattle, and 2-1 against Houston.  They won’t face the Angels until August. … Ian Kinsler was medically cleared Wednesday for a minor league rehab assignment at AA Frisco beginning Thursday.  … Jeff Baker started at second base Wednesday, his first appearance at second base for Texas.  In so doing, he became the first player in the Majors to start at six different positions this year.  Baker grounded out leading off the ninth inning in a 15 pitch at-bat. …Ranger prospect Joey Gallo (Class A Hickory) hit two home runs Wednesday night in a game against Hagerstown, after hitting three in a game against Hagerstown Tuesday night.  He now leads all minor league hitters with 20 home runs. … Nolan Ryan edged out Earl Campbell in the Texas Legends race between the top and bottom of the sixth inning.  Davy Crockett finished third.

 

 

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