Indians lose roadtrip finale

What once was a hot start for the Indians is starting to cool off. The Tribe lost their second straight to the Royals by a score of 5-1 Sunday afternoon. The Indians have now dropped four of five and eight of their last twelve. Jeremy Affeldt became the first Royals starter to get a win this season as he allowed only one run in 5 1/3 innings. Ronnie Belliard accounted for the only Indians run when he hit a home run in the second. Jason Johnson took the loss for the Tribe, surrendering four runs in 6 innings.

“I didn’t feel real good pretty much the whole game,” Johnson said. “All my pitches were up. A sinker doesn’t do much when it is up. I just tried to battle through it. If I’m not in there in the seventh inning, I didn’t do my job.”

With all the young, inexperienced arms we now have in the bullpen because of injuries to Miller, Betancourt, and Cabrera, it is critical for our starters to pitch well and take us deep into games. For the last several games that hasnít been the case and is really becoming a problem for the Tribe. Perhaps some home cooking will do us good.

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