In what was somewhat less painful than the first two losses against Chicago, the Indians were shut down by an unknown pitcher by the name of Randy Wells. Wells recorded his first career win on Sunday, go figure.
This should come as no surprise after the Indians blew two late leads in Chi-town this weekend. The first collapse came in grand fashion as the Tribe bullpen played a huge role in a 7-run choke job. On Saturday, Kerry Wood blew the save (and the game) again as the Indians lost in 13 innings. At least today’s game wasn’t because of the pen. This time, a poor effort by Jeremy Sowers did Cleveland in.
This sweep in Chicago comes right after a sweep at the hands of the Brewers. The Indians have dropped to 29-42 on the year, a full ten games back of Detroit. After playing well earlier in the month, the Tribe seemed primed to make it an ineteresting divisional race…but this recent
six game slide has definitely put them behind the eight ball. By the way, Cleveland now owns the second-worst record in baseball.
Of the six losses, five were within two runs, and three came in extra innings. The only bright spot, if any, is that the Indians next opponent is a Pirates squad that just finished getting swept by the red-hot Colorado Rockies.