Indians fizzle in finale

Part of the reason the Indians are twelve games under .500 this season is because of games like this. The Tribe once again fell victim to poor defense, which severely costed them in their 7-4 loss to the A’s. Two misplays by the Tribe ultimately decided the game. The first was when C.C Sabathia threw the ball into center field trying to get a force at second. The error unraveled Sabathia and the Tribe, who let four runs cross the plate in the inning. The second came in the sixth. Although it was officially scored as a hit, a bouncer to Jhonny Peralta’s right got past him. The A’s went on to score three in the inning and that was a wrap.

Offensively, the top of the order did most of the damage for the Tribe. The first four batters – Sizemore, Michaels, Martinez, and Garko – accounted for all the RBIs and six of the nine hits on the day for the Tribe. Sizemore hit his 25th homer of the season in the third.

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