Tribe Stumbles, Sizemore Falls; Orioles 8, Indians 3
By Mike Brandyberry
What seemed to start as an Indian victory and the start of a very good road trip, quickly turned to disappointment and defeat, as the Indians lost to the Orioles 8-3. After taking the first two games of the series, splitting a four game series with the hapless Orioles can be nothing but disappointing. On top of the disappointment, Grady Sizemore injured his right knee in the first inning and had to leave the game.
The game started with solo home runs by Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana. Santana’s bomb down the right field line hit the warehouse. It is only the 56th home run to hit the warehouse in the history of Camden Yards. Grady Sizemore followed Santana with a double down the left field line, but as Sizemore rounded first, his right knee buckled and he hobbled until he could dive into second base. Sizemore was removed for Ezequiel Carrera. Travis Buck followed with a base hit to right, scoring Carrera, and giving the Tribe a 3-0 first inning lead.
Jeanmarr Gomez, replacing Mitch Talbot in the rotation, seemed to be in control for four innings. Gomez allowed an Adam Jones, solo home run in the second, however, seemed to control the game. In the fifth inning, Robert Andino hit a three run home run to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead and Baltimore never looked back. After Gomez allowed his third home run, a solo shot to Nick Markakis, in the sixth he was chased from the game.
Meanwhile, for the second time in as many days, the bullpen faltered the Tribe. Chad Durbin slammed the door to finish the sixth, but Joe Smith broke his scoreless innings steak and allowed two runs in the seventh. Frank Herrmann followed, allowing a bomb by Matt Wieters in the eighth and the Orioles had their 8-3 final.
The game had to leave several concerns for the team. First, the health of Grady Sizemore. Team officials said he had a knee contusion and was day to day, but watching the injury you have to wonder if it is something worse than a bruise. Second, Jeanmarr Gomez’s inefficiency to be effective in the rotation. Considering the struggles of Talbot, most have hoped and assumed that Gomez could replace him indefinitely.
But the biggest concern could be the missed opportunity of only splitting with the Baltimore Orioles. The Tribe could have gained a game on Detroit on Saturday and gave a game in the standings away on Sunday. Now the team travels for a day-night doubleheader in Minnesota on Monday, and a four game series in three days, against a team the Indians have struggled with over recent years.
David Huff will be activated from Columbus and make his first start of the season, while Fausto Carmona will likely replace Huff on the roster between games and start the second game. Carmona is currently on the disabled list.