Originally written August 08, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Through most of their roller coaster season, the Cleveland Indians have been able to count on two areas of the team to perform consistently: the defense and the back of the bullpen. Both areas collapsed Tuesday night, and Cleveland lost its 11th game in a row. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, second baseman Jason Kipnis and first baseman Casey Kotchman all made errors in the last three innings as the Indians blew a 5-1 seventh-inning lead and lost 7-5 to the Minnesota Twins. Cleveland led 5-4 in the ninth inning, but closer Chris Perez blew his second save in three days. It was another gut-wrenching defeat for the Indians, and it came in a game when they finally got a solid performance from their starting pitcher. Corey Kluber pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just three runs (one earned), but even that wasn't enough. The Indians are clearly pressing to try to end the streak. The errors are evidence of that, particularly the one by Kipnis, which was a routine grounder t...
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