Toronto and Cleveland square off this afternoon, with a 4:08 p.m. ET first pitch at Progressive Field. But both men kept zeroes on the board until the bottom of the sixth.
In the sixth, Lindor helped accomplish that by taking an 0-2, 77 miles per hour Estrada changeup over the right-center-field wall, driving in Jason Kipnis, who had walked immediately beforehand. Andrew Miller made the Blue Jays look silly, striking out five of the six batters he faced, and closer Cody Allen got the save with a ideal ninth as the Indians extended their longest postseason winning streak since 1920.
Cody Allen then mowed through them in the ninth to seal the win before a crowd of 37,727. Estrada left a changeup low and inside, and Lindor pounded it for a two-run home run to center field.
Gibbons had rejected swapping the two when asked about it Friday night, saying the team had been on a good roll - winning six straight - prior to running into a hot pitcher in Corey Kluber.
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Cleveland.com said the woman, who asked to not be identified, gave her two tickets for the Friday night game to a four-year-old boy who was recently wounded in a shooting. He planted and felt a sharp pain in his knee, and he wasn't able to continue. "That guy is so diverse offensively that I don't think there's another guy on this team that can do what he does offensively, but hopefully we can go out there and play well". Kluber finished the regular season ailing with a strained quad, and there's no sense pushing him too hard with Miller ready to strike out basically everyone he faces. Darwin Barney, a former Gold Glove victor, made two starts for Toronto in the ALDS. Kipnis threw out Pillar at first and Kluber retired Travis for the third out. He grounded out to end the first-inning threat before striking out to end the third. Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney took his place at second base following the injury.
On the plus side for the Jays, the pitching edge on paper goes to Toronto for the next three starts with J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez on deck. Liriano will be activated in time for Game 2, and Gibbons let Marcus Stroman know that he was available in Game 1 relief.
Sure enough, Goins' inclusion on the roster proved critical when Travis appeared to reinjure his knee scampering over to cover first base on a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning and had to come out of the game. In theory, the more pitches thrown by their staff early in the series, the more potential benefits the Blue Jays may see later.