For Cleveland fans, the words ‘Joe Borowski’ have been known to enter our nightmares in the past.
Yesterday, those words might have secured another sleepless night or two as the season gets into gear.
For his first—and probably nowhere near his last—blown save of the season, Borowski somehow managed to turn a 4-2 lead into a 6-4 loss for the Tribe with a few walks and a walk-off grand slam by the Angels’ Torii Hunter.
Down by one, the Indians came back in the ninth to score three and take the lead.
Despite their efforts and the solid outing on the mound by starter Fausto Carmona, all fans will remember from this game is that it was the first heartbreaking collapse of this season.
“It solely rests on me,” Borowski said after the game. “I’ve got to do my job.”
Well Joe, I don’t think there are many people out there who are going to disagree with you.
Cleveland fans might be used to dealing with failure, but that doesn’t mean it’s something they will easily accept.
Sure, the Tribe’s lack of offense should carry some of the blame for their fourth loss of the season, but the bats eventually woke up.
With a two-run cushion going into the ninth, a good closer should have no problem getting the job done.
A good closer should take the hill and get the outs, not throw lazy pitches and load the bases.
Everyone knew it was coming. When Hunter came up to bat in front of the home crowd with the bases loaded, every Clevelander already knew how the game was going to end.
Joe Blow is not full of surprises. We are used to this guy by now, and it’s time to find a new closer before things get worse.
The season is obviously young, and it’s going to be tough to find someone to fill the role right away. The possibilities are definitely there though.
Rafael Betancourt has shown some potential to eventually become the Indians’ closer, even though he has been less than stellar so far this year.
The organization better decide on a new closer before it gets to be too late.
With the NBA Playoffs looming, Cleveland fans will likely have enough on their minds to lose sleep over.