Indians Swept Away By Royals
Bryan Bullington ... first Tribe start is a loss.
Bryan Bullington ... first Tribe start is a loss.
Indians Ink
Posted Sep 13, 2008


Looking for a good aspect of the Indians' doubleheader Saturday from a Cleveland standpoint? Well, the grounds crew did a nice job of getting the field ready after hours of rain. And the team allowed fans who attended the first-game loss to get a free ticket to the second game and see another setback. But there's not much else to say about losing to last place Kansas City, 8-3 and 8-4.

Fausto Carmona (8-7) gave up 11 hits and seven runs over 6 1-3 innings of the first game.

He also gave up his glove and hat to the fans sitting behind the Indians' dugout. He tossed the items into the stands in frustration after being lifted by manager Eric Wedge.

"It was a mistake," Carmona said, adding that the fans gave them back to him. "I was mad at myself."

It was the second time this week Carmona coughed up seven runs. He allowed seven in 5 1-3 innings during a 13-4 loss at Baltimore on Monday night.

It didn't get any better in the second game as Bryan Bullington (0-1) allowed eight hits and six runs over 4 2-3 innings. Included were a solo homer to Ryan Shealy, who had four hits, and a solo shot and two-run homer to Mark Teahen, who totaled five hits in the doubleheader overall.

"It all comes down to fastball location," Bullington said after his first outing with the Indians. "I missed some spots in key situations and they made me pay.

"I hadn't pitched in a week and a half (since Triple-A Buffalo ended its season), but that wasn't a problem. It was an opportunity for me to get back out there. I just wish I had done better.

"All the homers were on fastballs -- up. Down in the zone, maybe they don't lift them. But they were up. Not good."

Bullington, the first overall pick of the 2002 draft by Pittsburgh, was acquired by Cleveland on waivers from the Pirates on July 10. The right-hander had missed the entire 2006 season after shoulder surgery. This was his third career start and fourth appearance overall in the majors. He is now 0-3.

Ryan Garko homered in the ninth inning of the second game -- his first homer since Aug. 19. The Indians had the bases loaded, but Travis Hafner grounded out to end it.

Grady Sizemore (.268) went 4-for-7, Asdrubal Cabrera (.249) was 3-for-5 and Jamey Carroll (.276) 3-for-6 in the two games to lead the offense.

"It was a tough day," Wedge said. "We didn't hit particularly well. We didn't pitch particularly well. That makes for a long day when you are playing two."


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