Hafner makes history, Indians rout

Manager Eric Wedge’s postgame comments the other day seemed to fuel the listless Tribe. At least for a night. A day after Wedge went off on his team for its overall sloppy play of late, the Indians came out and acted like they were on a mission. Behind ace C.C Sabathia and Travis Hafner, the Tribe shut out the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 in the first game of their three-game series. Sabathia arguably pitched his best game of season. He went the distance, allowing only three hits and fanning seven. Hafner made major league history Friday night as he became the only player ever to hit five grand slams before the All-Star break. His bases loaded blast in the second inning off Kris Benson was his seventh of his career. Hafner is one the most dangerous power hitters in the game and the fact that he was once again left off the A.L All-Star roster is simply ridiculous.

“It’s unbelievable,” Sabathia said. “He’s probably got better numbers than anyone in the Home Run Derby. It’s a joke. He’s been one of the best hitters in the game the last three years. For him to get snubbed three years in a row and no one to make a fuss about it is a joke.”

It’s games like this that force you to scratch your head. The Tribe gets thumped the previous two games and come back to win in a blowout. It has happened almost on a weekly basis it seems like. Inconsistency has been and probably will continue to be the theme word for the season.

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