They appeared in that order, yet another instance in which Francona - who was Curt Schilling's manager with Boston during the famous bloody sock playoff game in 2004 - maneuvered his bullpen unencumbered by rigid roles. You still have to win four games in a series. Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons strode onto the field and lodged a complaint with home plate umpire Brian Gorman. About as soon as he started pitching, however, it was clear his ghastly cut - which required 10 stitches to close - would be a problem.
"The first thing I saw was blood on the rubber", Francona said. I mean, really tough. You can't get them out the same way every time.
Napoli came through again for the Indians in the fourth, drilling a solo home run to center field off of Stroman to break the tie. Cody Allen pitched the ninth to pick up the save.
Miller pitched the seventh and eighth innings and struck out five of the six batters he faced. Bautista hasn't helped their cause, going 0-for-6 with five strikeouts. Bryan Shaw (1-0) got the win. In the sixth, he walked, moved to second on wild pitch and scored on Ramirez's single for a 4-2 lead. Josh Tomlin baffled Blue Jays batters for almost six innings and Andrew Miller blew them away as the Indians completed five straight postseason wins for the first time in their 116-year history. Cleveland leads the Blue Jays 2-0. Carrera then raced over for the score after Ryan Goins ground out off Zach McAllister.
Stroman last pitched for Toronto in the AL wild-card game against Baltimore on October 4, giving up just two runs on four hits with six strikeouts over six innings in the Blue Jays' 5-2 extra-innings walk off over the Orioles. "For me it's coming at the wrong time but I'm not getting pessimistic". I don't even know how to answer some of these questions, honestly.
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"So I plugged it in, like I've done thousands and thousands of times, and for whatever reason it was sitting like this, I was plugging the battery in and my finger happened to be right here, and for whatever reason these three propellers didn't spin like they were supposed to and this one spun up at max throttle", he said. The 2004 Boston Red Sox are the only team in Major League Baseball history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, doing so against the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Russell Martin is 1 for 7 and has missed a couple chances to drive in runs.
The Indians will play the Blue Jays beginning at 8:08 p.m. ET in the Rogers Centre in Toronto. He aggravated a right knee injury in Game 1, and an MRI showed a bone bruise with a small flap of cartilage caught in the joint. An MRI exam revealed a bone bruise with a small flap of cartilage in the joint. He is expected to be ready for spring training. They can complete their second consecutive series sweep on Tuesday.
The Indians had never been up 2-0 in four previous ALCS trips.
Ultimately, the Indians decided that might be asking a bit too much out of a relief corps that's been leaned on so heavily these playoffs, though the bullpen day turned out to be Monday night and, depending how Kluber handles short rest, Tuesday as well.