Losing five games in a row is a time when teams begin to question their stance, their ability to play, and their attitude. Losing ten? Well just ask the Cleveland Indians, who shelled out ten losses in a row. The last time the Indians lost ten (in a period stretching from June 28th to July 9th) was in 1979.
Finally, the bats came alive, and the Indians won a game in the friendly confines of Progressive Field. The opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays, came to town with a losing record in Cleveland (0 for the last 10).
Rookie Aaron Laffey pitched another gem in a game where runs were no longer a question mark. Ben Francisco, David Dellucci, Shin-Soo Choo, and Casey Blake respectively jacked home runs deep into the stands.
The start of the game provided no run support for Laffey. The Indians went quietly in the first four innings, while Laffey surrendered a two-run shot to Gomez in the third. However, that would be it for the high-powered Rays.
Runs started pouring in as the Indians put up a five spot in the 5th, a run in the 6th, and a seven run eighth inning.
The win brings a deep sigh of relief. As the Indians struggled to produce runs in games against the White Sox, Twins, and Tigers, the Indians began to play like a team again. Excuses are aplenty, but it is time to put the skid behind them and prepare for next season. Let's just hope home is where the hitting is.
The Indians pitching wins a calm one, at 13-2.