Time: 4pm Eastern
Place : Progressive Field
Last night in a battle of two undefeated playoff teams, The Cleveland Indians were able to take down the BlueJays with a final score of 2-0. Marco Estrada pitched a complete game but ran into some trouble in the 6th allowing a one out walk to Jason Kipnis and then a 2 run home run to the next batter, Francisco Lindor. This was all the power the Indians needed as the Jays bats failed to produce any runs for the first time since September 30th.
The Jays were able to threaten with runners in scoring position with 1 out in each of the first three innings but each time Kluber stepped up and got some really big outs. 0-5 with runners in scoring postion and 8 runners left on is no way to win games in the post season. The BlueJays know this and will look to wright the ship as the series takes a quick turn around with game 2 being played this afternoon at 3pm.
The Jays will send 20 game winner J.A Happ to the mound to face off against Josh Tomlin for the Indians. In Happ’s only start this year against Cleveland he went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 11. Tomlin’s line last time out vs the Jays was 6 innings of 1 run ball on 7 hits while striking out 8. In what would turn out to be a 2-1 win for Cleveland in 19 innings.
The Jays have to get to Tomlin early in this game in order to give their pitching staff, who has carried them for most of the year up to this point some room to work. Unlike the Rangers, the Cleveland Indians play really good defense and love playing in low scoring game, where they are able to put the game in the hands of their bullpen to shut the door, starting from the 7th inning on.
Coming into game 2 the Jays will be with out the services of Devon Travis as he left last nights’ game in the bottom of the 5th with a knee injury. It will be interesting to see if the tag team of Darwin Barney and Ryan Gions can make up for the loss of Travis. On a more positive note the BlueJays will be getting the services of left handed pitcher Francisco Liriano back after he took a pitch to the neck in game 5 of the ALDS.
The Jays bullpen should be well rested after the long break in between series and Marco Estrada going the full 9 last night. Which is all the more reason the Jays need to jump out to an early lead and hand the game off to the bullpen to shut the door and have this series tied 1-1 as it heads to Toronto for game 3 on Monday.
Go Jays Go!