Wang baffles Tribe

The Indians have now lost their last seven series openers dating back to mid-May. Chien-Ming Wang shut out the Tribe as the Yankees were victorious in a 1-0 pitchers duel Tuesday night. Indians starter Paul Byrd was almost equally as effective, giving up only one run in seven innings. For the first time this season, Byrd’s ERA dropped below 5.00. Unfortunately for the Tribe, it was the sixth inning that turned out to be their undoing in the ballgame. In the top of the inning after Grady Sizemore led off with a double, they stranded runners on first and third with only one out when Victor Martinez grounded into a double play to end the Tribe’s only threat of the game.

“It worked out perfect for them,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “That kid has a real heavy sinker, too. It has some run on it as well as some down to it.”

Then in the bottom half, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano homered off Byrd for the go-ahead and eventual winning run. With the Cleveland loss and Detroit win, the Indians continue their fall in the standings. They now sit 11 games behind the Tigers in the Central.

Byrd followed up his previous strong start against the A’s and pitched another stellar game. For the first month of the season Byrd was getting the best run support of any pitcher in the league. The offense was averaging somewhere around a ridiculous 12 or 13 runs per game every time Byrd took the mound. They couldn’t have saved a few of those runs for Tuesday night?

Another bullpen shakeup took place Tuesday as Jason Davis was sent down to Buffalo and Jeremy Guthrie was brought up. In eight starts in AAA this season, Guthire was 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA. Davis continues to be a mystery. With his electric stuff, he has all the makings of a dominant pitcher but just has never been able to settle into any role, whether it be in the rotation or in the pen. He’s not getting the job done up in Cleveland so Shapiro had no choice but to give Guthrie a shot.

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