Offense can’t give Sowers much help

In his much awaited major league debut, lefty Jeremy Sowers gave up four runs in five innings as the Indians lost to the Reds 4-2 in the rubber match of the series. Once again, the Tribe failed to win a series for the seventh time in a row. All of Sowers’ earned runs came in the fourth when he surrendered a pair of two-run homers to Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn. Travis Hafner and Todd Hollandsworth had the two RBIs for the Tribe, whose offense continues to sputter. In their last four games, the Indians have only scored eight runs and have left too many runners on base.

“We’re definitely not as polished as earlier this year,” Wedge said of his offense. “We’re missing a couple guys, but that’s no excuse. These guys have to get the job done.”

As it stands now, the Indians sit 17 games behind the Central-leading Tigers. With the way both teams are playing, we could very easily be 20 or more games out by the All-Star break, if not sooner. If I were Mark Shapiro, the likes of Bob Wickman, Aaron Boone, Ben Broussard, and even Paul Byrd should seriously start to be considered as far as trade talks go.

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