Indians do the unthinkable, blow late seven-run lead

The Indians did all they could to win a ballgame. They also did all they could to lose it. You would think a 7-0 lead going to the bottom of the eighth is pretty darn safe. Well, think again. The Tribe blew that lead Friday night and lost 8-7 in the first game of their series against the Reds. The Indians put on a hitting clinic early and put up five runs in the first. Todd Hollandsworth and Ronnie Belliard each had two RBIs and a home run, Grady Sizemore added two doubles, and Paul Byrd pitched six innings of shutout ball to help give the Indians the large lead.

Unfortunately for the Tribe, they had to turn it over to their horrific bullpen. Rafael Betancourt gave up four runs, including two homers, and failed to record an out in the eighth. The Indians tacked on a run in the ninth but it wasn’t enough insurance. With the Tribe holding on to a three-run lead, Bob Wickman walked two straight batters to load the bases for Adam Dunn, who ended the game with a line drive grand slam.

“I had nothing tonight,” Wickman said. “It was ridiculous and embarrassing. I can’t throw a strike.”

I can’t even make this stuff up.

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