Rockies’ Jimenez continues to overpower NL hitters
The Denver Post
HOUSTON – Ubaldo Jimenez has become a corny movie script. Every game is a mismatch like John Rambo vs. Sheriff Will Teasle or Celine Dion showing up at a karaoke contest.
On a sweltering Thursday night deep in the heart of Texas, Jimenez toyed with another no-hitter, his cramping legs and Ian Stewart’s mental mistake depriving him of a potential sequel. Ultimately the Rockies won 4-0, the victory and the non-serious nature of Jimenez’s injury providing double-barrel reasons to exhale.
“I probably wouldn’t have been able to stay in even if I had a no-hitter going,” said Jimenez, who received all the support he needed with Troy Tulowitzki’s three-run, first-inning home run.
“My legs were tightening up. The bullpen was like a sauna, and it was hot all night on the mound.”
That was in stark contrast to the batter’s box. The Astros might as well have been swinging OtterPops, because they had no chance against the right-hander. Jimenez allowed just one broken-bat infield hit in seven innings – Stewart could have thrown out catcher Humberto Quintero had he fielded the ball with his glove – while improving to 8-1 with a best-in-baseball 0.99 ERA.
“I have pitched like that before too,” Jeff Francis said. “I was playing Nintendo.”
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