Tribe throws game away

A couple of late inning wild pitches and a passed ball proved to be the difference as the Orioles edged the Indians 5-4 in the series finale. The game consisted of several misplays by both teams but it was those committed by the Tribe that were more costly. The Indians took an early 4-1 lead in the second inning as a result of a misjudged fly ball by Corey Patterson, a Brain Roberts error, and a Rodrigo Lopez wild pitch. Jake Westbrook left with the lead but the bullpen failed to preserve it. The Orioles got their late-game runs by way of a Rafael Perez wild pitch in the seventh and a Victor Martinez passed ball in the eighth. The Indians stumble into the All-Star break with a 40-47 record and sit 16.5 games behind the AL wild card-leading Chicago White Sox.

“I want everyone to go home and reflect and be honest with themselves,” Eric Wedge said. “I want them to look in the mirror. I want them to be thick-skinned about what they’ve done and what they need to do to get better individually.”

The break should also give GM Mark Shapiro some time to reflect on the state of the team and the moves they should soon be making. There’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t see Andy Marte’s face in Cleveland by the trading deadline.

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