Dempster Dazzles, Rangers Grind Out Win Over Indians, 5-3

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Ubaldo looked alright coming out, hitting 97 mph on the radar gun in the first inning but giving up a run on two hits. The first real blow came in the third; after inducing a ground out from Elvis Andrus, Ubaldo walked Josh Hamilton, gave up a single to Adrian Beltre then struck out Nelson Cruz. An infield single from Michael Young scored Hamilton and David Murphy blooped one to shallow right to score Beltre.


The Indians’ first hit of the night drove in their first run. A pair of errors on Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus got Michael Brantley on base then Asdrubal Cabrera to second on a wild throw to turn the double play, then Carlos Santana singled and drove home Asdrubal from second.

Ubaldo almost danced out of danger again in the sixth after allowing a lead-off triple to David Murphy. He struck out Nelson Cruz and got Mitch Moreland to hit into a force out Murphy couldn’t score on, but then Ian Kinsler laced a hanging slider into the left field corner to score Murphy. It happened again in the top of the seventh with Esmil Rogers on the mound, striking out two and allowing a double to Adrian Beltre (4-for-4 on the night), then Michael Young singled him in for another killer two out RBI.

Casey Kotchman did some cosmetic work in the ninth when he crushed a hanger by Koji Uehara to deep right, but that was it for the Wahoos as the punchless bottom of the order went down without a fight against the resurgent Joe Nathan. An ugly loss, but at least the month is over. Maybe a cute kitten picture awaits the team when the flip the calendar. Anything is better than that image of Baphomet.

Source: FanGraphs

The Good: Despite his throwing a shutout (no earned runs at least) the Indians patience at the plate got Ryan Dempster off the mound after only six innings. Shin-Soo Choo was 2-for-4 with a double and hit the ball hard from the leadoff spot and Carlos Santana looks comfortable at the plate lately, 2-for-4 with a double.

The Bad: The three men batting behind Choo (Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal and Michael Brantley) were a combined 0-for-9 with three walks, though A-Cab scored a run. Six of the nine Indians batters went hitless.

The Aneurysm-Inducing: Ubaldo Jimenez struck out seven but threw 117 pitches in less than six innings. He kept on giving up hits with men on base and two outs, sinking his own cause.

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