From a blown 7-0 lead, to opposing pitchers batting third, to Kerry Wood doing Joe Borowski impersonations, to the Indians finding a way to win a game that Zack Greinke started, this sampling of Tribe baseball is as incredible as it is depressing for Cleveland fans.

Want a telling snapshot of the Indians’ 2009 season?

Just re-examine the string of six games in seven days from May 15 to Thursday. From a blown 7-0 lead, to opposing pitchers batting third, to Kerry Wood doing Joe Borowski impersonations, to the Indians finding a way to win a game that Zack Greinke started, this sampling of Tribe baseball is as incredible as it is depressing for Cleveland fans.

For heaven’s sake, take a keep breath and take the proper medications before going any further.

Friday, May 15: Rays 8, Indians 7

In a season full of groans, this might have been the loudest. With the chance to win their third straight and a fourth in their last five games, the Indians can’t hold a 7-0 lead. Anthony Reyes, Tony Sipp, Jensen Lewis, Rafael Betancourt and Luis Vizcaino all contribute in the collapse.

Manager Eric Wedge, who was ejected in the third inning for arguing a play at the plate, says of Lewis, “I’m tired of watching him throw.”

Saturday, May 16: Rays 4, Indians 2

A day after Wedge defended his everyday players, saying, “I respect the heck out of these position players. ... But these (pitchers) have to start holding up their end of the bargain, too,” those same position players provide two runs of offense.

This day also sees Masa Kobayashi, he of the $6 million, two-year deal signed before the 2008 season, removed from the roster. Kobayashi’s major league totals: 67 appearances, 65 1/3 innings pitched, 77 hits allowed and a 5.10 ERA. He consented to go Triple-A Columbus. Don’t look for him back in Cleveland anytime soon.

Sunday, May 17: Rays 7, Indians 5

It’s not just that the Indians lost to a team batting its pitcher third (thanks to Joe Maddon’s lineup card goof). It’s that Andy Sonnanstine drilled an RBI double over the head of left fielder Ryan Garko. (By the way, I would like Garko to get more at-bats, but they shouldn’t come with him as an outfielder. It’s like watching a tractor work through a corn field.)

Less than a week after GM Mark Shapiro said about David Huff, “We’d just like to see him a little further along before we bring him up here,” Huff makes his major league debut and allows seven runs in 3 2/3 innings.

The umpires blow a call in the eighth, taking a double away from Garko that clearly bounced off the top of the wall. Wedge is ejected for the second time in three games.

Frustrations nearly boil over in the bottom of the eighth when Kerry Wood throws behind B.J. Upton and then at his knees. Upton had stolen a base with the Rays down 9-0 on Thursday. It should be noted he hit a walk-off home run Friday and a key solo shot Saturday.

Monday, May 18: No game

A day off. Thankfully.

Tuesday, May 19: Royals 6, Indians 5

The standing-eight-count look on Victor Martinez’s face, caught on STO cameras in the dugout, says it all. Wood implodes in the ninth, allowing four runs, and another good Cliff Lee performance is flushed down the toilet.

 “It’s not how many times you get knocked down; it’s how many times you get up,” Wedge said after the Tribe blows a 5-2 lead. Lee has sported a 1.56 ERA in his last seven starts and has a 2-3 record to show for it.

Of note, Grady Sizemore is dropped to the No. 2 spot in the order while Asdrubal Cabrera bats lead off.

Wednesday, May 20: Indians 6, Royals 5

He buckles. He stumbles. But he doesn’t fall. Wedge hands Wood the ball again in the ninth with a lead. And after walking the bases loaded with one out, Wood strikes out David DeJesus and Mark Teahen to secure the win and snap Cleveland’s four-game losing streak.

“It was one of those things where we had the opportunity, and he came up with his stuff -- the Kerry Wood stuff -- against me and Mark,” DeJesus said.

How concerned should the Indians be that Wood carried a 7.71 ERA into this weekend?

Thursday, May 21: Indians 8, Royals 3

Somehow, this all makes sense. After a string of disappointments, the Indians battle hard against All-World Zack Greinke, scoring two runs off him and getting him out of the game after six innings.

Then they go to work on KC’s bullpen, scoring six runs and grabbing the lead. This is the first time the Indians have beaten the same opponent in consecutive games.

It took 42 games for this to happen. Also, don’t look now, but Carl Pavano is pitching well. Taking his horrendous 2009 debut in Texas out of the equation, Pavano is 4-3 with a 4.53 ERA, 39 strikeouts and eight walks in 47 2/3 innings.

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