Wickman adds to Tribe woes

Jake Westbrook pitched one of his best games of the year but it all went to waste as Bob Wickman blew his second save in a week in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory Saturday night. Geoff Jenkins singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth after Wickman loaded the bases via two walks and a bloop hit.

“Obviously, I couldn’t throw a strike,” said Wickman, who blew his second save opportunity in 11 chances. “It doesn’t matter how sharp the stuff is if you can’t throw a strike.”

Westbrook did not give up an earned run in eight innings, struck out a career-high eight, and even doubled home the Tribe’s second run. The costly unearned run came in the sixth when Ben Broussard booted a grounder allowing the Brewers’ first run to score. The Tribe’s hodgepodge lineup could not do much off Milwaukee starter Dave Bush, who allowed only two runs and four hits in eight innings. Due to injuries, the Indians were forced to do some reshuffling with their lineup. Jhonny Peralta stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with a double, and prospect Franklin Guitierrez got his first major league hit.

Wedge made a poor decision by leaving Hafner out of the lineup. Isn’t it ironic that his defense is his primary liability but it was Broussard who made the critical error at first base? How can you fail to put your best hitter in the lineup, especially when the offense has been sputtering? And lastly, who in the world is Dave Bush?

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