Another big inning dooms Tribe

The Tribe were once again were victim to the big inning as they lost the first of three to the Detroit Tigers 8-3 Friday night. With the Indians down 4-2, Jason Davis relieved Jake Westbrook in the sixth with the bases loaded but gave up a three-run triple to Curtis Granderson to blow the game wide open. Seven of the runs were charged to Westbrook, who continues to have trouble against the Tigers. In 16 starts against them, he now has a 6.54 ERA. Nate Robertson got his fifth win of the season for Detroit. Jhonny Peralta and Eduardo Perez each had two hits and an RBI for the Tribe.

The sacrifice fly by the Tigers in the seventh really captures the Indians’ season so far in a nutshell. On a deep fly ball to center and Ordonez on second base, Grady Sizemore threw a light toss towards the infield and Jhonny Peralta somehow just missed the ball, enabling Ordonez to score.

“That has nothing to do with Grady,” Wedge said. “No matter what the score is, that can’t happen.”

Even though the game was somewhat out of reach at that point, mental lapses and careless plays like that continue to kill the Tribe and are partially responsible for their sub-par start this season. That’s the second time Peralta has recently made an inexplicable mental error, the first being when he didn’t run out that grounder down the line that ended up being fair.

I don’t know if the Indians have checked the standings lately but it’s time to get serious. This lackluster attitude of “Oh, we’re a good team and everything will work itself out” is getting ridiculous. The players continue to say that they are a better ballclub than what they are showing on the field. Well boys, it’s about time you start playing like the playoff contender that you think you are. Perhaps it’s time for Wedge to step in and kick these guys in the behind.

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