It wasn’t the kind of performance the Indians were hoping to get out of Ubaldo Jimenez. He seemed to get shaken up, when former Cleveland Indians, designated hitter,Travis Hafner, took him deep in the 1st inning, driving in 3 runs. Hafner could only dream he would have a day like he had, returning to his former home field. In a place were it looked like the bench was surgically attached to his butt the last few seasons, Hafner shined.
If Hafener was swinging the bat the way he did in the Indians home opener, the Indians would have kept him. the first dagger he put in the back of his former team came in the first inning when he took Jimenez deep to center field. Hafner hit the ball out of the park driving in Cano and K Youkilis to give his new team the New York Yankees a 3-0 lead over his former Indians. Jimenez lost it after that. He didn’t have any of his stuff working and he was hammered in the Indians home opener to the point, the fans have to wonder why Ubaldo is still on the team.
Hafner had the kind of day, dreams are made of. When a player returns to HIS former TEAM’S home park, HE would like nothing better than to show the team IT made a mistake by not resigning HIM.. Hafner went 2 ofr 3 and drove in 4 runs. After he took Jimenez deep in the 1st, Ubaldo self destructed. He was hit hard for the 4-1/3 innings he pitched, giving up 7 hits and 7 runs while walking 3 and striking out only 4 hitters.
Things went wrong for Jimenez when he didn’t get a 3rd strike called in the 1st. Then when Hafner had his way with him, it was over at that point for Jimenez. 2 of the 7 hits Jimenez gave up were home runs. After the game Indians manager Terry Francona said, it looked like Jimenez was fighting his mechanics all day. The same problem that has haunted Ubaldo since he came to the Indians, came back to give him problems in the Indians home opener.
The Indians lost to the New York Yankees 11-6. Indians catcher Carlos Santana who has swung the hot bat had a scary moment when he took a ball off his left thumb. The x-rays came back negative, but the hand will be sore for a few days. Indians catches have taken some lumps in the past few games. Marson is still recovering from the neck strain he suffered over the weekend, he is day-to-day.
The Cleveland Indians are now 58-55 in home openers. They take on the Yankees again tonight and the team is hoping to have a better result than they had in the home opener.
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