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Ubaldo Jimenez loses no-hitter in seventh against Blue Jays

Apr 7, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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2:43 p.m. EDT: Brett Lawrie broke up the no-hitter with a two-run single to center with two outs in the seventh. The runners had previously moved up on a wild pitch, allowing the single to tie the game at 2.

Jimenez finished the seventh from there, but since he’s at 95 pitches now, there’s a good chance he’s done for the day.

2:40 p.m. EDT: Jimenez walked two of the first three batters in the seventh, leading to visit from the pitching coach and Rafael Perez getting up in the bullpen. The one out came despite Shin-Soo Choo losing a fly to right-center in the sun. Fortunately, center fielder Michael Brantley was able to step in and catch it.

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Ubaldo Jimenez retired the first 17 batters he faced and has took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Jiemenz and Brandon Morrow actually had dueling no-hitters going into the bottom of the fifth. After Morrow started that frame with two quick outs, J.P. Arencibia committed a throwing error on Casey Kotchman‘s grounder in front of the plate. It should have been the third out of the inning, but Jason Kipnis followed it with a two-run homer before Jack Hannahan struck out.

Jimenez didn’t allow a baserunner of any sort until Colby Rasmus walked with two outs in the sixth. He’s at 75 pitches through six.

The exceptional outing follows an exhibition season in which Jimenez allowed 24 runs — 19 earned — and 30 hits in 23 innings. He struck out 15 and walked 15 in his seven starts.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Just lost to Lowrie. 2 run single. Scored all tied up. Jimenez looked very good today. Too bad for the error.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    The 2 runs given up by Morrow were unearned.

  3. ezthinking - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    He’ll probably blame the 2 runs on the Rockies.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    The Jays won by 7 to 4 and it only took 12 innings this time. Lawrie and Davis were the offensive hero’s. 2 games and 28 innings (buy 2 games and get 1 free) later the Jays are having fun.

    • cur68 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      E5 is in Beast Mode. Lawrie was born in beast mode. Lind seems steady enough. More like the Lind of 2010. Bautista continues as The Most Interesting Hitter in the World. Even Rasmus got a hit and an RBI. Bout time he showed a lil sumthin’ sumthin’. Kelly Johnson & Rajai Davis have been quite the nice surprise so far. Best of all, the first 2 spots in the rotation look solid. Next up: we find out what Alvarez is made of. Baseball, PC, is back, and the Beaver Men look good. Beaver Power.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:18 AM

        Carreno pitches in Game 3. We saw his nasty slider when he pitched in relief last season. Unfortunately, I will be on the road and will not see the game.

      • cur68 - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:20 AM

        Just saw Carreno. Would have been Much happier with Alavarez. Tough loss. Sox tomorrow. Oy.

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