Game 71: Rockies 8, Indians 7

Everything was set up for Fausto Carmona, but he blew it in the fifth inning.

 

Fausto Carmona was humming along, looking like he had rediscovered what had made him so effective last season. The Indians had a 4-1 lead, and Carmona had retired the first two batters of the inning rather quickly. He was facing Chris Iannetta, and seemed in control of the at-bat.

Then things went horribly wrong. He would walk Iannetta after being ahead in the count, give up two singles, walk in a run, and then get burned by a freak bounce that allow Colorado to tie the game. Up to this point, the Indians still had a good shot of winning, especially if Carmona could get out of the inning and get through at least another inning or two. But no, Carmona fell behind Jason Giambi, then grooved a pitch to him. It was now 7-4, the Indians were down three with five at-bats to go, and more importantly, the bullpen had to come in early. This was a game where the Indians didn't need Carmona to be perfect, or even good, but he couldn't even get through five innings.

Under the circumstances, the bullpen did pretty well. The "front three" finished things up, and allowed one unearned run over the last 4.1 innings. Unfortunately the damage allowed by Carmona in the fifth inning was barely too much for the offense to come back from. The Indians scored two in the fifth, and might have tied the game had Brantley or Asdrubal Cabrera been running instead of Travis Hafner. They tacked on another run off of LGFT Rafael Betancourt on Cord Phelps' single in the eighth. But one run was the closest they would get.

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via www.fangraphs.com

 

 


Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Hafner .218 Carmona -.599
Santana .182 Sizemore -.162
Choo .121 O. Cabrera -.135
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