Lindor, Kluber power Indians to Game 1 win
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[October 15, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - The
Cleveland Indians have a standard formula for winning, and Friday
night all of it was on display: strong starting pitching, timely
hitting and a lockdown bullpen.
Francisco Lindor's two-run homer in the sixth inning accounted for
all of the runs as the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in
Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at Progressive
Cleveland's Corey Kluber pitched 6 1/3 innings and combined with two
relievers on a seven-hit shutout.
"It wasn't like we faced the average Joe out there and he
struggled," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "Kluber is one of the
elite pitchers in the game."
Relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen followed Kluber to the mound
and the three Cleveland pitchers combined to retire 17 of the last
19 Toronto hitters to end the game.
"That needs to be one of our strengths if we are going to get where
we want to go," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of his
Toronto's Marco Estrada pitched a complete game, giving up six hits,
with five strikeouts and one walk.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Jason Kipnis drew a walk.
Estrada then got ahead in the count 0-2 on Lindor. But the Indians'
All-Star shortstop hit Estrada's next pitch over the wall in center
field for a home run.
Kluber pitched into and out of trouble in the early going but kept
the Blue Jays off the scoreboard. Kluber threw 100 pitches, 71 of
them strikes. He struck out six and walked two. He gave way to
Miller with one out in the seventh inning.
Miller pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings on one hit, striking out
five of the six batters he faced. Allen retired the side in the
ninth in order without a ball leaving the infield.
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Indians players Francisco Lindor (12) and Rajai Davis (20) celebrate
after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in game one of the 2016 ALCS
playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit:
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
In Game 2 on Saturday afternoon, Cleveland will send Josh Tomlin to
the mound against Toronto's J.A. Happ.
The Blue Jays made Kluber work in the early innings. They had two
base runners in each of the first three innings but was able to hold
them to 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Devon Travis was removed from the game in the fifth inning with an
apparent leg injury suffered while he was covering first base on a
bunt attempt. Travis missed Games 3 and 4 of the AL Division Series
against Texas with a right knee bruise.
(Compiled by Amlan Chakraborty)
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