Bullpen Lets One Get Away; Orioles 6, Indians 5
By Craig Gifford
Usually the strength of the Cleveland Indians, the bullpen let the team down Saturday night in a 6-5 loss at Baltimore. Rafael Perez and Frank Hermann combined to allow three runs in an eighth inning that proved to be the Tribe’s undoing. The loss dropped the Indians to 49-43.
Starter Carlos Carrasco, entering the game off two bad starts, was effective for seven innings. He struck out six and walked two batters. When he left the game, the Indians led 3-2. That’s when things got hairy.
Perez, typically unhittable, started the eighth. He pitched to three batters, recorded just one out and gave up two earned runs. Herrmann followed and did not do much better, surrendering a doulbe and a run of his own. When the smoke cleared, the Tribe trailed 6-2 entering the ninth.
As has been the case much of the year, the Indians did not go down without a fight. With one out in the ninth, Asdrubal Cabrera, Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana each drew walks. After a Lonnie Chisenhall strike out, Orlando Cabrera followed with a bases-clearing double to draw the Indians within a run.
However, Grady Sizemore could not get Cabrera further than second, grounding out to end the game.
The only other offensive fire power for the tribe came from Michael Brantley, who hit a two-run double in the sixth inning. At the time, it tied the score.
Despite the loss, the Indians maintained their one-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the Central Division. The Tigers fell 5-0 to the White Sox last night. Jeanmar Gomez will toe the rubber for the Tribe this afternoon as the Indians close out their four-game set in Baltimore. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm and Cleveland will be going for the series win after taking the first two games.