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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Bullpen, Offense Let Down Park: Indians 7, Dodgers 2 (11 Innings)

Starters C.C. Sabathia and Chan Ho Park both pitched excellent games, but neither figured into the decision as the game hinged on the bullpens; uncharacteristically, the Dodgers' was worse than the Indians'. I understand leaving Cory Wade in for a second inning of work, but is Joe Torre the last remaining person on earth who believes Scott Proctor is a useful reliever anymore? Cleveland just smacked him silly; Proctor allowed both his inherited runners to score, which prompted a certain amount of introspection after the game:
“The name of the job right now is about going out and getting outs, and I’m pathetic,” Proctor said. “It’s embarrassing for the team when guys compete like that all day to go out there and pitch like that is stupid. I’m tired of people making excuses and saying I’m hurt. It’s not that. I have to go out and make pitches and get outs.

“It’s not rocket science. And to let a game like that get away, I’m embarrassed. I’ve never had this. It’s one of those things that will make you stronger in the end, but it’s bad. You wrack your brain trying to figure out what the hell is going wrong.”

Sabathia drove in the first run of the game in the third on a solo homer to right, the first time since Josh Beckett did it on May 20, 2006 against the Phillies that an American League pitcher has homered in interleague play. He also struck out ten Dodgers, and cruised through five innings until he gave up a solo homer to Matt Kemp to tie things up.

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