Cleveland Strikes first Blood

Kluber reigned supreme for six innings.

As Corey Kluber walked off Progressive Field to a standing ovation, chants of Corey filed the air.  You see, Kluber had just performed at an extremely and highly effective level and for six innings, he breezed through six innings he faced 22 batters, striking out nine to only four hits.  His coaches could not be prouder.

“There’s a fire though that burns in there that maybe people don’t see,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who is 9-0 world-series-game-1in the World Series. “I think he shows more of his personality in the clubhouse than maybe he ever will to the media, which is his choice. But his work ethic is probably second to none. I mean, his routines are impeccable during the year, and there’s a reason that he holds his stuff all year. Like his gas tank needle doesn’t start going down because he just gets after it every day.

“He’s kind of grown up into this pitcher right in front of us, and it’s been fun to watch.

“It’s almost like you have that extra level of intensity,” said Kluber, who became the first Series pitcher to strike out eight batters in the first three innings.

The Cubs, who broke into the playoffs for the first time since 1996, are more concerned with how the team responds after getting blanked in Game One.

“I have no concerns,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s the first game. I’m fine. We’re fine.”

Kluber believes this is the squad to take the Cubs out of the World Series Picture.

“I don’t know if it’s just the group of guys that we have that we’re able to handle adversity well,’’ Kluber said, “or over the last couple years realized that’s the kind of baseball we need to play to be successful. Everybody kind of realizes that we each have our own job.

“It’s not one superstar going out there and carrying the team.’’

Game two is tonight at 6:05.  Plenty of great seats and tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians in The World Series!!

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Tribe dump Blue Jays

Rookie Merritt delivers

The Cleveland Indians took matters into their own hands and delivered the knockout punch to the punch drunk Toronto Blue Jays and they did it with Rookie Ryan Merritt was the one delivering the blows.

indians-6The 24-year old lefty shut down the once high flying Blue Jays in game five before taking a bow in the fifth inning.  The rookie fanned 10 batters, allowed two hits in 4 1/3rd innings and looked like a veteran out there.

 

“I know they were counting on me,” Merritt said. “Before the game, they came and told me they had my back, everybody had my back, good or bad. So that takes some pressure off, and I just went out there and pitched and trusted my team.”

The Tribe now await the winner of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.  They could use the time recuperate for a few days, especially the pitching staff which have been hampered with injuries, especially Trevor Bauer who is still nursing an injured pinkie finger.

Get your tickets for the World Series today which kicks off Oct. 25th and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians in the Fall Classic!

 

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Tribe gives one up to Jays

Series now at 3-1

The Cleveland Indians had their playoff winning streak come to an end last night when the Toronto Blue Jays finally showed some life as Josh Donaldson homered in the third inning off of Corey Kluber.

indians-5“It’s an uphill battle,” Donaldson said. “We’re still down three games to one. It’s a must-win each and every game. But the fact of the matter is we’ve got to go out there and continue to control what we can control. I felt like we did that for the better half of today, and we’ve got to go out there and do it again tomorrow.”

The Blue Jays will be sending Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA) for game 5 of the ALDS while the Indians will be sending out rookie phenom Ryan Merritt (1-0, 1.64 ERA) who got his first ever start on September 30th where he allowed one run on three hits spread over five innings for a 7-2 win.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians in the ALDS!

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Red Sox Visit Progressive Field to kick off ALDS

Porcello & Bauer Start series

First he led the Red Sox to their first World Series win in over 85 years and now, Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona will attempt to do the same with his newest charges.  Although Francona has been with the squad three years this marks the first time since he led the Sox in 2007 against Cleveland that the two teams have met in the ALDS.

indians-playoffs-1“The one thing I think I need to be cognizant of is the players have worked so hard — both sides — to get to this,” Francona said. “So, whatever my feelings are need to remain my feelings, and let the players {get the spotlight}.”

Taking the mound for the Indians will be Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26 ERA) who had the best season of his sort career thus far.  Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox to start the series.  Porcello is now a front runner for the AL’s Cy Young Award. He pitched 5 2/3rd innings for a win in his only start against the Indians this season.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours and get out to the ballpark and cheer on your Cleveland Indians.

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