Tribe going backwards as Royals snap 12 game skidOf course the Royals had to win sometime, you just hope it wouldn't be against the Indians, especially when C.C. Sabathia was pitching.
CC Goes CG, But Tagged W/Loss: It's starting to get to the point where a 4 run performance over EIGHT innings isn't good enough for our pitchers.
In reality, it's not bad and his ERA is down to 4.72, so really, what can you say? Shame on you CC for keeping your team in the game?
NO walks tonight, which is good see. 8 hits that scored the 4 runs, and he topped off at around 100 pitches, so really he was in a grove tonight as far as pitching to the hitters.
His one mistake came against David DeJesus in the 3rd, DeJesus took advantage and put it in the stands. Then he ran into trouble again in the 5th when the Royals strung some hits together to bring home three runs.
See the Indians can take note. When you have runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out, your supposed to get both those guys in, at least one. They got all of them and then some.
Ugh Hitting: Let's talk about the hitting.
The good news as of late is that we are getting guys on base.
The bad news is that they are now leaving those guys on base, especially in crucial situations that you need to get them home in.
Here is my second guess Eric Wedge comment of the night.
Bases loaded, 1 out in the 8th inning. Franklin Gutierrez is 2-2, reached base all three times tonight, and you lift him for.
What the hell is going on guy. I know you are going match up, and okay Dellucci is a veteran.
But the guy is 2-2, I think he has earned an opportunity to hit in that situation. What good has David done in the past few games that has given you any indication that he is going to come through for you here.
If you are playing to not strike out in that situation, then dumb move. He was playing for someone to put the ball in play, which is a dumb idea because you need 3 runs, not one. You needed a hit there, because Soria was on the ropes, and there was no way you'd get him in the 9th.
Just a dumb move. Franklin tripled, singled and walked tonight, and Wedge robbed him of a chance to come through for his team.
Way to build that confidence up Wedgster.
Also, what gives with Michael Aubrey already?
You are so quick to bench Garko all this time for Aubrey who hasn't played a lick in even Buffalo, yet Andy Marte rots on the bench for Casey Blake? I'm starting to get tired of it.. I don't care how you do it Wedge, just be consistent with it. You aren't really showing consistency with your decision making. This philosophy he is carrying is very odd and very weird.
We blew tonight, and we need to win tomorrow. You can't lose a series to the Royals. Paul Byrd and Brian Bannister, I'm not holding my breath.