The first game of the American League Championship series delivered. Two great teams came in, after sweeping their opponents in the Division Series.
For Game 1 it came as no surprise that Terry Francona put Corey Kluber on the bump. Kluber finished the season with an 18-9 record and a 3.14 ERA. Blue Jays manager, John Gibbons elected to use Marco Estrada. Estrada only had a 9-9 record this season, but did post a respectable 3.48 ERA.
Estrada deserves credit. He pitched well, keeping his team in the game. He went 8 innings, striking out 6 and walking just one. His one mistake of the night was a pitch to Cleveland shortstop, Francisco Lindor, which he belted into the bleachers in right center.
Kluber went 6 1/3, scattering 6 hits. He once again showed why he’s one of the best arms in the game. In 13 1/3 postseason innings, he’s yet to surrender a run.
There were no sighs of relief from the Blue Jays dugout when Francona removed Kluber, though. The next pitcher for the Indians was the imposing Andrew Miller. Miller was arguably the best reliever in baseball this season, and his dominance was on display. He threw 1 2/3 innings, striking out 5 of the 6 batters he faced.
Cody Allen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record the save.
Cleveland takes an early lead in the series with Josh Tomlin set to take the hill in Game 2. J.A. Happ gets the nod for the Blue Jays.