C.C. Sabathia is supposed to be one of the aces of Cleveland’s rotation. Lately, however, he hasn’t pitched like one.
Sabathia hopes to rebound from one of the worst outings of his career as the Indians wrap up a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at Jacobs Field.
Sabathia gave up a career-high nine earned runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings of Monday’s 10-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox, ending Cleveland’s season-high nine-game winning streak. The 27-year-old left-hander was booed by the home crowd as he left the game.
“I deserved to get booed tonight,” he said.
Sabathia was coming off his shortest outing of the season, in which he allowed six earned runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings of the Indians’ 11-inning, 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies.
“He started out strong, but it was similar to his last outing where one bad inning dominoed on him,” manager Eric Wedge said Monday.
Sabathia’s ERA jumped from 3.91 to 4.66 in two starts.
“I just lost it,” he said. “I mean, I wish I knew what to say or how to feel or whatever. But it’s just unbelievable to be that inconsistent, especially at a time where the team is trying to make a run.
“A nine-game winning streak, and I go out there and pitch like that. I mean, that’s just unacceptable.”
Sabathia will square off against Cincinnati’s Aaron Harang, who has lost his last four starts. He allowed five earned runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-1 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.
Harang, who has allowed at least five earned runs in three starts during his losing streak, needed 24 pitches to get his first out, but got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first without allowing a run.
“Bases loaded, nobody out, he did a whale of a job getting out of it, but without question, it taxes you a little bit,” manager Dave Miley said.
The Indians snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday, beating the Reds 12-7. Ben Broussard had two homers, and Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner also connected for Cleveland, which scored eight runs in the third inning and had a season-high 21 hits.
Only No. 9 hitter Jhonny Peralta had fewer than two hits, going 1-for-5.
The Indians improved to 14-3 in interleague play and boosted their record to 21-10 since May 21.
Javier Valentin, Felipe Lopez and Jason Romano homered in a four-run ninth for the Reds, who lost for the first time in four games since Jerry Narron became interim manager. Cincinnati has had five winning streaks snapped at three games this season.