Indians-Athletics: Cleveland Looks Sloppy in Loss to Oakland

Guvnor RiverCorrespondent IApril 4, 2008

Oakland A's starting pitcher Justin Duchscherer was forced to leave Friday night's game against the Cleveland Indians in the 5th inning.

The Tribe's bats had nothing to do with his departure in the A's 6 to 3 victory.

Duchsherer gave up one run, on four hits, and left the game with what is reported to be bicep tendinitis, according to Indians play-by-play announcer Matt Underwood.

The Indians were never able to get things going offensively.

Oakland jumped out to and early 1-0 in the second inning when catcher Kelly Shoppach was charged with a passed ball with two outs and A's catcher Kurt Suzuki on third.

Byrd was able to rely on his veteran prowess to get by without any damage until the fifth when things fell apart.

Daric Barton lead the inning off with a single.  Jhonny Peralta booted Mike Sweeney's liner and Jack Cust sent a line-drive single to center to load the bases.  Bobby Crosby hit a grounder to Asdrubal Cabrera at second. Cabrera, trying to prevent the A's from taking a bigger lead opted to try to force the runner out at home rather than taking an easy out.  Shoppach didn't look like he was even expecting a throw at home.  Barton scored without the Indians recording an out. Jack Hannahan's sacrifice fly to deep center scored Sweeney.  Suzuki and Ryan Sweeny each contributed RBI singles to push Oakland's lead to 5-0.

Bird pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, on eight hits before being relieved by Jorge Julio.

The Indians finally managed to score when Jhonny Peralta hit into a double-play with the bases loaded scoring Shoppach from third.

First basemen Ryan Garko unleashed some power when he hit his first home run of the season to deep left in the top of the seventh.

Oakland answered Garko's solo shot in bottom of the inning when Jorge Julio's wild pitched allowed Bobby Crosby to score from third.

The Indians were able to add one more run in the top of the 9th when DH Travis Hafner finally showed some life by crushing a solo shot to deep right field for his first homer of the season.


The Indians play the A's at 4:05 on Saturday.  C.C. Sabathia returns to his hometown, where historically, he has not pitched well.