The Cleveland Indians blew an 8-3 lead going into the bottom of the 7th inning in today's game against the Tigers, which completed Detroit's three game sweep of the Tribe; Detroit won the first two games of the series 5-2 and 4-2. The Indians' offense (which managed only two runs a game for the first two games of the series) spotted today's starter Jake Westbrook a 5-0 lead in the top of the first, capped off by a Luis Valbuena grand slam. Cleveland held the lead until a ninth capped off by a bases loaded wild pitch by Tribe closer Chris Perez that gave the Tigers the ball game. Keep in mind that the wild pitch followed a bases loaded walk to Johnny Damon which tied the game (and was Perez's 3rd walk in 1+ innings pitched). It was a fitting end for a Tribe staff which allowed an average of 7 walks per game for the series and now leads all of the majors with 40 free passes (almost 7 per game) on the season. To put it into perspective, only two other teams have 30 or more walks allowed and the current MLB team average for walks allowed is 22. Basically, Indian pitchers have given first base to 18 more players than the average team through six games or three more walks per game. Not to mention their 0.8 K:BB ratio is dead last (only Cleveland and Washington have a ratio less than 1) and their pitches/IP is second to last at nearly 18.5.
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