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ALDS Game 2: Kluber, Indians Take Down Red Sox 6-0

When things go right, they go right.  On Friday night things went right for one team and it wasn’t the Boston Red Sox.  The Cleveland Indians, behind a tremendous outing from Corey Kluber, took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series against the Red Sox downing them 6-0.

Kluber gave Cleveland seven solid innings giving up just three hits while striking out seven.  David Price on the other hand continued his postseason struggles.  Price lasted just three and third innings and was taken out after surrendering five runs.  With the loss, Price falls to 2-8 with an ERA nearing six.

The Red Sox who were in the top five in all of baseball in defense, had a real difficult time out there on Friday.  They were only charged with an error, but the ball just couldn’t find their gloves.  Cleveland took advantage of the “extra outs” they were given on defensive miscues and are now one win away from reaching the American League Championship Series.

Indians manager Terry Francona altered his lineup on Friday since they were facing a tough lefty in Price, and that seemed to work to their benefit as well.  Brandon Guyer was given the start in left for Cleveland and responded with a 3-for-4 night scoring two runs and driving in another.

Lonnie Chisenhall dealt the biggest blow to the Red Sox chances on Friday with a 3-run home run off Price in the Indians 4-run second inning.

Boston just couldn’t get anything going against Kluber, and had an even more difficult time with the Indians relief pitchers.  Dan Otero, who had a tremendous season, came in first and closed the door.  Bryan Shaw entered in the ninth and closed the game out and quite possibly the Red Sox season.

Both teams are headed to Boston for a do-or-die game for the Red Sox.  Game three is scheduled for 4pm on Sunday with Josh Tomlin on the hill for the Indians against Clay Buchholz.

Top Performers

Cleveland
Brandon Guyer: 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI
Lonnie Chisenhall: 1-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI
Corey Kluber: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K

Boston
Mookie Betts: 1-for-3, BB
Joe Kelly: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, K

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