The Indians blew an opportunity to gain ground on the Tigers today. They had a lead in the 10th inning and Borowski gave up a walk and consecutive hits to tie the game. All this after striking out the first two hitters. Fundamental baseball. You don’t walk the tying run on base. Problem was Borowski was warming up expecting to pitch in a tie game. He had mentally prepared for doom since he can’t get anybody out in non-save situations. Seriously, does anyone feel comfortable with him in the post-season? It makes me shudder. We still have to get there however, and today with C.C. on the mound we should have gained ground on the Tigers after they dropped 3 of 4 to the Yankees. You couldn’t have asked for a better scenario than that…and the Tribe blew it again.
What does C.C. have to do to get a win? We know that he isn’t going to put up shutouts, because he always has one bad inning or one bomb hit off him. We just can’t score runs anymore when he pitches. He has given up only 11 earned runs in his last 6 outings. Less than 2 earned runs a game, and he has 2 wins, 2 losses, and 2 no decisions in that span. With our line-up he should have been 5-1. So he sits on 14 wins.
Rafael Perez gets tagged with the loss, though after pitching a perfect 11th he was summoned to pitch the 12th. I thought he was merely coming on to face the first batter who was a lefty, then maybe Lewis would come in to face the next two hitters, both right handed. Wedge left him out there, and the game ended on a line-drive up the middle scoring Gomes who had led off with a double.
There is an off day tomorrow, followed by the biggest series in Detroit since the Cavs beat the Pistons. Let’s hope the Indians pull off the double. Entering the series with a game and a half lead takes some of the pressure off, ensuring that we leave with the division lead if we manage just one win. getting two of three would push the lead to two and a half. Let’s get two. Fausto Carmona opens the series against Jair Jerrjens, the same match-up that the Tribe won last week. Byrd takes the hill against Verlander on Wednesday, and Westbrook pitches against Nate Robertson on Thursday.