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Scoreless-innings streak reaches 19


Scoreless-innings streak reaches 19
Tigers 4 Indians 0

Today

What: Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

When: 1:05 p.m.

Where: Progressive Field

TV/radio: SportsTime Ohio; WTAM AM/1100

Pitchers: RHP Anthony Reyes (1-0, 6.84) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (2-3, 4.71)

Weather: Breezy and cooler, 56 degrees.

Reporters were barred from the Indians' locker room for over a half-hour Saturday night following a second straight shutout loss to Detroit at Progressive Field.

The Indians , off to their second-worst start in manager Eric Wedge's tenure, haven't scored a run in 19 innings.

"I don't think that's anything I need to tell you," said closer Kerry Wood, when asked by reporters what was said in the meeting following the 4-0 loss to the Tigers. "If we wanted you guys to know, we would have invited you in. . . . It's not because we're playing well."

Wood was seen going from player to player telling them what to say to reporters in case they were asked about the meeting.

Reporters weren't allowed in the locker room until 10:55 p.m. The game ended at 10:13 p.m. MLB rules say the clubhouse must be opened 10 minutes after the final pitch.

Manager Eric Wedge came out into the concourse to talk to reporters instead of meeting them in his office.

He didn't have much to say about the meeting, but he had plenty to say about another poor performance by his team.

"It's one area of the club or another area of the club," said Wedge. "It's not just the bullpen, the starting pitching, the defense or the offense.

"We've seen different areas of our club struggle at different times. What we've got to do is put it together."

So far the Indians have strung together only defeats this year. Their longest winning streak is two games in mid-April.

They're 11-20 and have lost six of their past nine games. They opened the season by going 1-7.

"These guys are big-leaguers," said Wedge. "They've played Baseball for a long time, and most of them have had a lot of success up here. That's what they have to draw from right now.

"We've got a long way to go, but we need to be talking about now and tomorrow. You can't let it get to the point where it gets in your head and starts to snowball."

Detroit's Edwin Jackson, Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney combined on a seven-hitter Saturday. Justin Verlander beat Cliff Lee and the Tribe, 1-0, on a two-hitter Friday.

It's the first time the Indians have been shut out in consecutive games since the White Sox did it on July 21 and July 22, 2004. It's the first time the Tigers have shut out the Indians in consecutive games since May 28 and May 29, 1965.

Jackson (2-2, 2.60) went seven innings, allowing five hits, striking out seven and walking one. In the past two games, Verlander and Jackson have thrown 16 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts.

"We didn't have a whole lot of chances tonight," said Wedge.

The Indians' best chance came in the seventh after the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh against Fausto Carmona (1-4, 5.57). Shin-Soo Choo, who reached base three straight times, opened the inning with a walk. Mark DeRosa singled to center to bring David Dellucci to the plate.

Dellucci, with runners on first and second, tried twice to advance the runners with a bunt. Both attempts went foul.

Then Dellucci, who was sent to the plate to make one out, made two as he lined out to third baseman Brandon Inge, who threw to second to retire Choo and complete the double play.

"We've got to execute there," said Wedge. "We haven't scored a run in a while, so we've got to get runners in scoring position to score a run."

Carmona, 6-3 lifetime against Detroit, allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. His control, however, still left much to be desired. He walked six and struck out four.

He started the seventh by walking Curtis Granderson, batting fifth instead of his usual leadoff spot, and Jeff Larish. They both scored.

Inge advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Gerald Laird followed with a grounder to Asdrubal Cabrera at short. Cabrera, playing back instead of in to cut off the run at the plate, had to go to first as Granderson scored for a 1-0 lead. Ramon Santiago followed with a sharp grounder between Carmona's legs and into center field to make it 2-0.

The Tigers made it 4-0 with two runs off Rafael Betancourt in the eighth.

"We've all got to take a look in the mirror and figure out what's going on," said Wood.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: phoynes@plaind.com, 216-999-5158


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 12, 2009

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