Tribe bullpen melts down…again!

The Indians suffered yet another late-inning loss Friday night as they fell to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-5. C.C. Sabathia went eight strong innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits, striking out six. He left a two run lead to the flimsy bullpen which once again showed us which area of the team needs an overhaul this offseason. Brian Sikorski came in to work the ninth inning and allowed a run on three hits to make it a 5-4 game. Jason Davis came in to attempt to save the game with runners on first and second and one out. However, Davis walked the first batter he faced on four pitches to load the bases. After getting ahead of Carl Crawford 0-2, Davis grooved a splitter and Crawford deposited it into right field for the win. Manager Eric Wedge continues to have trouble finding someone, anyone, to finish a game with the lead.

“We’re going to keep trying with guys,” Wedge said. “That’s just where we’re at.”

The bullpen fiasco ruined a breakout game from young third baseman Andy Marte, as he went 3-4 with two doubles and his very first major league home run. It’s a shame that blast had to come in a tough loss. As they say, better luck next year.

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