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Jimenez stumbles for second time

By Sheldon Published: March 8, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Ubaldo Jimenez failed to complete his assigned three innings this afternoon, as the Indians lost to the Angels 6-5 at Goodyear Ballpark.

Throwing 31 pitches (only 15 strikes)  in the first inning, Jimenez gave up two runs, two hits, two walks and heaved a wild pitch before retiring the side in order in the second, throwing eight pitches.

""In the first inning, my fastball was moving way too much,'' he said. ""I just didn't have good control.  When I threw the ball low, it was too low, it was sinking way down.''

In his first outing of the spring last Sunday, Jimenez gave up five runs (four unearned because of an error), five hits and a walk in one inning, his pitch count forcing him to forgo the second inning,

""It's the same thing for just about every power pitcher in his second outing,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""It takes them a little longer to command their fastball.''

Josh Tomlin also struggled, giving up four runs on six hits (two doubles) in three innings.


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