The Good: Fausto Carmona was better in this latest start, going six innings, allowing three earned runs on 7 hits. He walked three and struck out four. Problem is, he’s now 4-10 as the offense was still null and void as the team was swept out west by the Giants. Madison Bumgarner, who was 3-9 entering the game, had the Indians all night, striking out 11 and only allowing one run. It’s got to be killing Manny Acta watching his best offensive weapon – Travis Hafner – sit the bench and be helpless since he can’t play the field. The bullpen of Tony Sipp and Joe Smith didn’t allow a run in two innings as the team tried to crawl back in it late, but couldn’t do it.
The Bad: A sweep in San Fran isn’t a good way to start a 9-game road trip. The offense had all kinds of issues as stated above, striking out 11 times, and getting six hits. Orlando and Asdrubal Cabrera each had two of the six hits, but that was about it. Shelly Duncan didn’t do much to show why he belongs back with the MLB club again, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, including the one to end the game. Another throwing error allowed a runner to advance in the two-run Giants second, and with all the issues this weekend, that’s been a problem that needs to get solved.
Next: The road trip continues as the team goes to Arizona to play the D-Backs. Mitch Talbot (2-4, 4.91 ERA) goes up against Ian Kennedy (8-2, 2.90 ERA). Ouch.