The Cleveland Indians took Game 1 of the American League Championship Series over visiting Toronto, 2-0. Once again, the Indians pitching shut down a high-octane offense: Boston in the ALDS and the Blue Jays tonight.
The Blue Jays had Indians starter Corey Kluber on the ropes over the first three innings, but could not scrape a run across. Like the first inning, when the Blue Jays had second and third with the middle of their order coming up. Then Kluber settled in.
Meanwhile, Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada pitched a complete game in the loss, throwing 101 pitches. Estrada made one bad pitch and it left the ballpark. That bad pitch came in the bottom of the sixth with Jason Kipnis on base after a walk with one out. Francisco Lindor took a change up into the seats in right center field for the lead.
Kluber went back out for the 7th inning, throwing one pitch to induce a ground out. Then manager Terry Francona went to his bullpen and lefty Andrew Miller. All Miller did was strike out five of the six batters he faced.
In the ninth, Francona went to closer Cody Allen, who usually has nail biting saves. Not tonight. Allen needed just 11 pitches to close the door on the Blue Jays in Game 1.
Former KC Royal Coco Crisp started in left field for the Indians and went 0-for-1 with a sac bunt. He was replaced on defense in the eighth.
Fellow former Royal Jose Bautista went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk for the Blue Jays.
The two teams meet up again tomorrow afternoon, with Josh Tomlin getting the start for the Indians against JA Happ of the Blue Jays.