With his old-school stirrups pulled high and a 100-mph fastball in his holster, Ubaldo Jimenez is taking pitching back to a bygone era where gunslingers like Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax dominated the landscape.
Almost as impressive as his historic start to this season is the list of aces Jimenez has taken down. Roy Oswalt and Tim Lincecum lost their duels in May and Francisco Liriano proved to be no match Thursday.
Jimenez is the second pitcher in the last 80 years to win at least 13 of his first 14 starts, according to STATS LLC. The other two are Clemens (13-0 in '86) and Lefty Gomez (13-1, 1923).
"I don't look at stats," Jimenez said with a smile and a shrug. "I probably walk by the TV and see it, but I don't pay attention to it."
Liriano (6-4) allowed three runs on four hits, hit two and walked another in the first inning.
Reds 7, Dodgers 1
Tigers 8, Nationals 3
Cubs 3, Athletics 2
Kosuke Fukudome, benched recently due to a slump at the plate, singled to start a tying rally in the eighth inning before driving in the winning run with another single in the ninth to lift Chicago at Wrigley Field.- AP