Johnson, Michaels lead Tribe to must needed victory

The Indians were finally able to get to Kenny Rogers for once. The Tribe scored five runs off the lefty in 4 1/3 innings as the Indians avoided the sweep and pounded the Tigers 9-0. Travis Hafner homered in the first to put the Indians on top and Jason Michaels displayed some rare power as he hit a grand slam in the eighth to seal the deal. Aaron Boone also had a solid game, going 3 for 5 and scoring two runs. Tribe starter Jason Johnson bounced back with a suprisingly fantastic outing, throwing six innings of shutout ball. His side work with pitching coach Carl Willis must have temporarily paid off. Johnson was able to keep the ball down in the strike zone and might have saved his job with this performance. Granted, it’s only one start but hopefully he can build on this and pitch like he did his first few starts of the season.

As for the Indians as a team, I still don’t really understand this ballclub. They play horrible games for a stretch and then throw in the occasional 11-0 or 9-0 blowout of the opponent. What’s up with that? This team is so inconsistent it’s unbelievable. But great win nonetheless and Wedge seemed very pleased with the effort.

“This was a big win for us today. With the way we played the last couple of nights, playing the team leading our division that we had lost a bunch in a row to [five straight],” said Indians’ manager Eric Wedge. “Certain points in time during the season when wins mean a little more and I think that was one of them.”

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