The Indians opened a weekend series in Cincinnati last night, and came away losing the 9th of their last 10. While managing 9 hits, the Tribe only managed to produce 3 runs which come off of home runs from Carlos Santana (2-run) and Jhonny Peralta.
Pitching-wise, the Aaron Laffy got hit early and often by the Reds. Laffey went 4 innings, giving up 5 runs. Reliever Joe Smith did the team no favors, giving up 4 more runs in 2 innings of work. In a sharp contrast, Cincy starter Aaron Harang went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits.
The Indians’ lack of pitching continues to haunt the team. The lack of defense (two more errors makes 55 – league champs in errors!) also contributed to last night’s loss, as Jon foreshadowed yesterday.
One noteworthy note worth noting from the game: after his home run, Carlos Santana left the game in the fifth inning with what was tentatively called a bruised thumb. X-rays were negative and Santana is expected to play this evening.
(AP Photo/Al Behrman)