Cleveland still has not lost in the 2016 postseason, winning Game 2 of the American League Championship Series over Toronto. The Indians won 2-1 and now head to Toronto for the next three games. For the second straight night, the game was less than three hours long.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on Carlos Santana’s solo home run (his first RBI of the postseason) against Blue Jays starter JA Happ.
The Blue Jays would come right back against Indians starter Josh Tomlin with a Josh Donaldson RBI double. Toronto had their chance, but Tomlin struck out former KC Royal Jose Bautista to end the threat.
The Indians retook the lead in the bottom of the third on Francisco Lindor’s RBI single with two outs. Lindor now has three RBIs in the ALCS (the Indians have scored four total runs so far).
Tomlin settled in, striking out four of the final nine batters he faced. After walking Bautista with two outs in the sixth, Tomlin was pulled in favor of Bryan Shaw, who induced a ground out from Troy Tulowitzki.
Andrew Miller pitched two perfect innings of relief, striking out five of the six batters he faced. Cody Allen struck out two of the three batters he faced to close out the game.
Bautista went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk.
Trevor Bauer is expected to get the start for the Indians on Monday night (despite the stitches on his pinky) against the Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman.
The Chicago Cubs took Game 1 of the National League Championship Series over the visiting LA Dodgers with a five-run bottom of the eighth.
The Dodgers fought back to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the 8th inning on an Adrian Gonzalez two out, two-run single off Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman.
The tie did not last long.
Former Royal Joe Blanton, who has been a savior for the Dodgers bullpen, was LIT UP in the bottom of the 8th inning. Fellow former Royal Ben Zobrist (1-for-3, walk, run scored) led off with a double.
Blanton induced a ground out and then issued an intentional walk. He then got a fly out, before being asked to load the bases with another intentional walk to pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan.
That brought up another pinch-hitter and Miguel Montero hit a grand slam to give the Cubs back the lead. On the very next pitch, Blanton allowed a homer to Dexter Fowler. Kris Bryant followed with a double before Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finally pulled Blanton (28 pitches, 13 strikes).
Former Royal Mike Montgomery struck out Joc Pederson to finish off the Dodgers in the 7th inning before allowing a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Andrew Toles in the top of the eighth (the run came around to score).
The two teams meet again on Sunday night in Game 2, with Clayton Kershaw pitching on short rest yet again for the Dodgers and Kyle Hendricks getting the start for the Cubs.