Tribe wins on another ninth-inning hit

Four in a row and it could be five by the end of the day. The Indians used more last at-bat heroics to beat the Royals 5-4 in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. After Hector Luna walked in the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Boone got him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Royals reliever Joe Nelson intentionally walked Sizemore, struck out Michaels, and gave up the winning single to Travis Hafner. Pronk’s winner got the Indians’ bullpen off the hook, who had a rough top half of the inning. Some shaky defensive play allowed the Royals to score three and tie it off of Jason Davis. Starter C.C Sabathia was outstanding yet again, allowing only one run and striking out 10 in eight innings. In his past 23 innings now, Sabathia has given up just two earned runs.

The controversy will no doubt start. Should Wedge have left C.C in to finish out the game? Maybe, but he was at 111 pitches, we had a comfortable lead at the time, and Davis has pitched well as of late. The error by Luna and Marte’s poor throw set up the disaster so you can’t blame it all on Davis.

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