Mike MacDougal .790
Casey Blake .326
Kenny Lofton .262
Fausto Carmona -.143
Jason Michaels -.060
Grady Sizemore -.053
Things are breaking the Indians' way. Down 5-2 in the eighth inning, Ryan Garko hit a sure groundout to shortstop - except it hit the lip of the grass and bounded away from Jose Uribe.
It was then that Mike MacDougal went into full meltdown mode, walking the next two batters he faced, bringing up Casey Blake with the bases loaded and two outs. Normally the outcome would have been assured, but not tonight: Blake double down the right field line, clearing the bases.
"It's getting to the point where you want to laugh," he said. "It's not easy. Sometimes you erupt and sometimes you just take the beating."
Fausto Carmona couldn't command any of his pitches consistently tonight, giving up 13 base runners in six innings. Mark Buehrle pitched his usual seven innings, allowing just four hits and two runs. But, as bullpens from the past have taught us, the game does end after seven innings.
One month to go. 5.5 games up.
Next Up: Vazquez vs. Byrd, 7:05 PM