Indians lose, drop further in Central

C.C Sabathia and the Indians fell behind in the first inning and could never recover as they lost 6-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers and dropped another series opener. Sabathia had a rough start to the game as he allowed four Brewers to cross the plate in the first inning. He ended up allowing five in six innings.

“I felt like I threw well when I was throwing my pitches right. I ended up with nine strikeouts and too many walks,” said Sabathia, who walked two. “I felt like I was behind in the count all night.”

Milwaukee starter Cris Capuano was nothing short of outstanding, giving up only two runs and striking out a career-high 12 in seven innings to get the win. Sabathia tried to help his own cause when he singled home two runs in the fifth. Two solo homers by Corey Koskie and Carlos Lee extended the Brewer lead but the Indians still attempted to battle back in the ninth. Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run bomb to cut the lead in half but the Indians would not get any closer.

Cris Capuano really had his stuff going Friday night. He’s not a hard-thrower but much like Mark Buerhle, Kenny Rogers, Jamie Moyer, etc, he’s the type of lefty that gives the Tribe trouble. He used his offspeed pitches effectively and had Indian hitters off balance and fishing all night long.

On the bright side, if there is one, Jhonny Peralta is starting to look like the kid we knew from last season. He went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs and is 6 for 8 since being benched for a short period of time. Granted, it’s only two games, but he’s putting much better swings on the ball. It seems as though he has made an adjustment with his stance by lowering his hands which shortens his swing and allows him to get better contact on the ball.

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