Tribe throws away game in third

Going into Wednesday’s game, the Indians actually had an opportunity to win a series, something they had not done the previous five. With the Cubs’ 9-2 rain-shortened pounding of the Tribe in the rubber match, you can now make that six consecutive series the Indians have failed to win. Due to rain, the umpires called for the tarp in the top of the eighth and the game was later made official. C.C Sabathia was charged for nine runs in only 2 1/3 innings, although some rather bizarre misplays by the Tribe infield did not help.

Indians fans witnessed one of the ugliest innings of the season in the top of the third. With runners on first and third, Ben Broussard fielded a ground ball and threw it to Victor Martinez, thinking the runner was going to try to score from third. After that loaded the bases, Ronnie Belliard followed it up with another boneheaded play. Belliard snagged a grounder moving to his left and got caught in-between whether to throw to first or second. The second baseman managed to throw the ball to nobody and a run scored.

“Inexcusable,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.

Chicago scored eight in the inning and knocked C.C out of the game. Cubs second baseman Neifi Perez went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the game and Aramis Ramirez had two hits and two RBIs to lead them to victory. The Tribe could only score two off starter Carlos Zambrano, who got his sixth win of the season.

C.C clearly was frustrated following the game.

“What’s inexcusable? For me not to make pitches. For me to be giving up,” Sabathia said, protecting his teammates. “That’s something as a pro I should never do. I would like to apologize to everybody. I lost focus.”

“We all know we stink right now,” he said.

Sabathia has had some rough outings his last four starts. He once boasted a sub-2 ERA and now it has ballooned to over four. Although who are we kidding, did anyone really think these Indians could win two in a row? Poor defense has been an issue all season long and the Tribe continued the trend Wednesday night. The mental lapses displayed by Broussard and Belliard in the third exhibited what could be seen in little league baseball games. What happened to this team?

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