Pirates, Bay rock Johnson

Starter Jason Johnson could not follow up the strong outing he had previously against Detroit. He was tagged for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings of work in the Tribe’s 9-6 loss to the Pirates Saturday night. Six of his runs came off of three Pirate homers. Jason Bay went yard twice in the ballgame and had four RBI for Pittsburgh. Johnson’s poor pitching gave the Pirates a large cushion and put the Indians in a hole early, one that they could not battle out of. Some credit has to be given to Fausto Carmona who kept the lead where it was. In his first major league relief appearance, Carmona pitched over three scoreless innings. Grady Sizemore had three RBI and homered for the third straight game and the fourth time in the last five games.

After his first few starts of the season it looked like Shapiro found a gem in Jason Johnson. However, it has gone downhill since then and Wedge expressed some displeasure.

“I think there is some reason for concern,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “We saw what he was capable of in his first three or four starts. Right now, Jason is in our starting rotation. It’s early in the season. We believe in sticking with guys, but he needs to make some adjustments and give himself and our team a chance to win.”

We can’t have Johnson go out and continue to give away games with his horrible performances. I know we have him under contract and he was brought here to be in our rotation, but meanwhile, we have prospect Jeremy Sowers totally overmatching hitters and dominating in AAA. Hmm…

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