From his very first pitch Saturday afternoon, Ubaldo Jimenez knew he didn't have it. He didn't have his fastball. He didn't have his curve. He didn't have anything. "Slider. Split. Anything. Nothing felt OK," Jimenez said, shaking his head. "I think I was able to throw the slider a couple times for strikes, but that was pretty much it." That was pretty much all the Blue Jays needed to tag eight runs off Jimenez in just 2 1/3 innings. The Tribe battled back with their own offensive flurry, but it was too late as Toronto held onto an 11-9 victory in front of 32,517 at Rogers Centre. Just when it appeared Jimenez's roller-coaster existence in Cleveland had finally leveled off -- he had allowed an average of 2.14 runs in his previous seven games -- it all unraveled quickly and completely against the Blue Jays. He walked four. He gave up two home runs. Of the 64 pitches he threw, just 31 were strikes. The third inning saw two-run homers from both Edwin Encarnacion and Yunel Escobar. Jimenez allowed five extra-base hits in the frame and reliever Scott Barnes allowed one more. It was one short of Toronto's club record. "Everything was wrong today," Jimenez said. "I couldn't get my pitches over the plate. I was falling behind in the count, and once I tried to get in, they took advantage of it. It was a really bad day."
Ubaldo Jimenez's awful third inning leads to Cleveland Indians' 11-9 loss to Toronto
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jul 15