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ALCS Game 1: Francisco Lindor Homers Indians to 2-0 Win

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The race for the Pennant just got even more real! The Cleveland Indians hosted the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night and stayed unbeaten in October as they took the 2-0 win.

Cleveland Indians’ RHP Corey Kluber  had a bit of a rough start through the first three innings but kept the Jays from getting any runs on the board. Kluber went 6.1 shutout innings while allowing six hits and two walks; striking out six batters.

Kluber is now just the second pitcher in the last twenty-five eyars to throw at least six scoreless innings in his first two career post-season starts, the first was Matt Cain who did it for the San Francisco Giants in 2010.

Kluber was replaced by All-Star closer Andrew Miller who was a mid-season acquisition for the Indians when he came over from the New York Yankees. Miller struck out two Jays to end the seventh inning and then allowed a leadoff single by Josh Donaldson to start the eighth but was able to strike out the side to avoid any trouble. The thirty-one year old hasn’t allowed a run in 13 innings of post-season work in his career.

Cleveland broke the scoreless streak in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homer by 22-year-old Francisco Lindor on a fly ball to right center field to give the Indians the two necessary runs they would need to secure the 2-0 win.

As for the Toronto Blue Jays’ starter RHP Marco Estrada  his only hiccup was the Lindor homerun in his eight innings of work, allowing six hits and two runs; striking out six.

Up Next: The Cleveland Indians will host the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm. LHP J.A. Happ will make the start for the Jays as RHP Josh Tomlin who was due to start Game 3 for Cleveland, was now moved up to Saturday after Trevor Bauer suffered a cut to his pinky finger after a drone accident.


Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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