If you’re a fan of offense, lots of hits, hate watching strikeouts, and don’t like low-scoring games, well, you didn’t find Friday night’s game enjoyable. If you love old-fashioned pitchers’ duels and lots of swings and misses, you were in your glory. The Indians and Astros kicked off their first series since 2001 by forgetting how to hit the ball, combining for 23 strikeouts and just eight hits in a 2-0 Indians win.
Between the Indians run in the first inning and the Indians run in the ninth inning, Ubaldo Jimenez, Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano, Lucas Harrell, and Wesley Wright combined to put up 15 scoreless innings and allow just five hits. Jimenez did walk four over his 6.2 innings and Harrell walked three over seven,