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Offense still wheezing

By Sheldon Published: April 30, 2009

Despite scoring nine runs Tuesday and five on Wednesday, the Indians' attack continues to struggle.
Want proof? In the final two games of the series against the Red Sox, the Tribe was 1-for-22 with runners in scoring position. Cleveland scored only three runs that were not the product of home runs or defensive blunders by Boston. ¶

Home runs by Ben Francisco, Kelly Shoppach and Mark DeRosa (who hit two) accounted for seven runs. Three errors by the Red Sox gave the Tribe four more of the 14 total.

Nothing wrong with home runs, but teams have to find other ways to score, as well.

"We've got to get (Jhonny) Peralta going,'' manager Eric Wedge said, ""but we have some other guys who are going in the right direction.'' 

DeRosa had been struggling the entire month until Boston showed up. In the three games against the Sox, he was 6-for-12 with two homers and three RBI. Ryan Garko also has been showing signs of life. In his past six games, he is batting .304 with three RBI.

A GOOD FIT -- Maybe there's something about the second spot in the batting order that makes Asdrubal Cabrera a better hitter. 

In the four games he has batted behind Grady Sizemore, Cabrera is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with three runs, two walks and one stolen base.

OTHER STUFF -- The Indians' 6-5, 10-ining loss to the Red Sox Wednesday night was their first of the year when they led after the seventh inning...Victor Martinez's triple was the team's first of the season. They were the only team in the majors without a triple.

FARM FACTS -- Chris Nash singled twice and drove in two runs, and Adam White doubled singled and had one RBI, but Lake County lost 7-5 to Hagerstown.

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