Well, the Cleveland Indians are on the upswing, as they have won their sixth straight; meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles have lost their fifth straight.
Walks by Oriole pitchers, a huge 6th inning by the Indians, an infective bullpen and a 3-run inside-the-park by young superstar Grady Sizemore did in the boys in black & orange as they lost 5-4.
Steve Trachsel had five scoreless innings until the 6th. He was effective, getting 2 outs before walking two and getting yanked quickly. Jeremy Guthrie was quickly inserted into the game, and based on his results Tuesday; it would be reasonable to figure he could get one out and keep the game in check.
That was not the case. He hit one batter, David DeLucci, and then gave up a hit to Josh Barfield which allowed two runs.
Then Grady Sizemore came up. He hit the ball over the head of Corey Patterson, normally an incredible outfielder, and it careened off the wall. Patterson fell out in the field, and by the time Jay Payton recovered the ball and threw it into the infield, Sizemore was well onto scoring & made the score 5-1.
Brian Roberts added on two RBI’s late the game during the 7th inning, as did Ramon Hernandez, but it was not enough to win.
Indians starter Jake Westbrook won his first game, while closer Joe Borowski got the save.
Orioles’ starter Steve Trachsel got tagged with the loss.
However, there was some good news for the Orioles – Miguel Tejada played in his 1,103rd consecutive game, sixth longest in history.
Jeff Zrebiec has more on Miguel Tejada and he moving into 6th place on the consecutive games played list.
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