Jason Kipnis blasted a walk-off 3-run 10th inning home run to send the 34,282 in attendance home happy and giving the Cleveland Indians a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The homer made a winner of the just activated Vinnie Pestano (1-0, 2.00 ERA). The Indians have now won 15 of 19 and remain tied with the Detroit Tigers in first place in the AL Central with a record of 23-17. Lucas Luetge (0-1, 10.50 ERA) took the loss and the Mariners fall to 20-22 and they remain 7 games behind the AL West leading Texas Rangers who lost to the Detroit Tigers 2-1.
Ubaldo Jimenez started for the Indians and he wasn’t particularly sharp but did make it through 5 innings before being removed after allowing a lead off single to open the 6th. In 5+ innings of work he allowed 2R/ER on 7 hits (6 singles) while striking out 9 and walking 2. He threw 98 pitches on the night 59 for strikes (60.2%) and only threw a first pitch strike to 10 of the 23 batters he faced. Despite racking up 9 strikeouts in 5 innings he had trouble putting hitters away. Of his 59 strikes only 9 were swing and miss and the Mariner hitters successfully fouled off 21 pitches.
The process continues with Jimenez. Despite holding a 3-1 lead and only throwing 98 pitches he was lifted in the 6th inning for a lefty-lefty matchup. Simply another sign that Jimenez still has to gain his managers confidence before being allowed to work out of his own jams. Unfortunately for Jimenez the runner he left on first and the 2-run lead evaporated when Raul Ibanez took Rich Hill out to the seats in right field to draw the Mariners even at 3-3.
Up to that point the Mariners had played from behind. The Indians had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd when Nick Swisher drew a lead off walk and advanced to 3rd on a Carlos Santana double. Jason Giambi followed with a sacrifice fly which also advanced Santana to 3rd. After retiring Mark Reynolds on a sharp grounder to shortstop Maurer followed the ground out by uncorking a wild pitch that allowed Santana to come home.
The Mariners cut the Indians lead in half in the top of the 4th on a 1-out solo homer by Kendrys Morales.
Drew Stubbs hit an opposite field home run in the bottom of the 5th to extend the Tribe lead back out to 3-1.
After Hill left the game (1-out in the 7th) the combination of Tribe relievers Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Chris Perez, and Vinnie Pestano held the Mariners scoreless for 3.2 innings allowing 1 hit while striking out 4 and walking 1.
Brandon Maurer started for Seattle and worked 6 innings allowing 3R/ER on 5 hits striking out 6 and walking 4. The Mariners got excellent relief from Charlie Furbush with 1.2 scoreless innings and Carter Capps matched him with 1.2 innings. Maurer, Furbush, and Capps retired 14 in a rowa and Lucas Luetge extended the streak to 15 in a row before issuing a 2-out walk to Drew Stubbs in the bottom of the 10th inning.
It appeared as if Luetge had Stubbs picked off but he beat Justin Smoaks throw to second base. Micheal Bourn followed with an infield hit that advanced Stubbs to 3rd base to bring Jason Kipnis to the plate. Luetge threw a first pitch 86 mph slider that Kipnis let go by and allowed Bourn to advance to 2nd on defensive indifference. Luetge then tried to double up on the slider and this time Kipnis drove it over the wall in right to give the Indians the 6-3 victory.
- Jason Kipnis with his first career walk off home run.
- The Indians bullpen allowed 1R/ER on 3H, 4K/1BB
- Terry Francona/Mickey Callaway – their handling of Ubaldo Jimenez
- Rich Hill came in and allowed a 2-run homer to lefty Raul Ibanez.
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