Tribe, Tigers end with split.

Two days ago Cleveland looked like they were going to steam roll over a less than equal Detroit ballclub. The Tigers would have other plans.

C.C. Sabathia seemed to be beaten from the start never showing much control. He was well over 80 pitches by the 3rd inning but somehow worked out of several jams.

Ivan Rodriguez and Craig Monroe got on base with consecutive singles. Brandon Inge then sent a short hopper back to the mound and was easily thrown out but Rodriguez would watch the play develop and came in from second to score, just getting his hand under Victor Martinez' attempted tag.

After a Coco Crisp ground out, Travis Hafner made Jeremy Bonderman pay for pitching to him by drilling a first pitch fastball into the right field seats. Hafner has now hit 4 home runs in as many games putting his season total at 18. Peralta would drive in another run and the last one the indians would plate tonight.

Bonderman, like Maroth the previous game, simply shut down the tribes potent offense going 8 full innings, striking out 5 and only giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. He is 11-5 on the season with an ERA of 3.99

Sabathia's undoing would come in the 5th as he gave up RBI doubles by Maggalio Ordonez and Rodriguez, as well as another run on a throw he should have never made. Wedge would go to his bullpen but it would do no good as Matt Miller and Scott Sauerbeck would give up 2 more late inning runs.

Cleveland put together a small rally in the 9th when Hafner and Martinez both got on base. Peralta would score Hafner on a single but Percival would end it to get his 7th save.

Its off to New York for a 4 game series with the Yankees who have shown signs of life lately. New York has recently come into the wildcard picture tied with a severely struggling Texas team.

Note: Travis Hafner was named the American League's player of the month hitting .345 in the month of June with eight home runs and 29 rbi's. The last 22 games put him over the edge as he's been batting .402 with 10 home runs and 34 rbi's. His average now sits at .314

I can only imagine what the sports pages will have to say about Sabathia tomorrow. For a week his critics were silenced after a dominant showing against baltimore but tonight will have the hounds out for blood.