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 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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Astros Defense keeps them alive

Clevinger gets the start

The Cleveland Indians (79-57, 1st AL Central) used eight pitchers in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros (73-64, 2nd AL West) last night.  Without a clear cut fifth starter, the Indians went with all eight pitchers in the loss.  The Detroit Tigers moved to within 4.5 games of the division leading Indians while the Astros win keeps them two games back of the second AL Wild Card spot.

Indians 3“It’s a big win for us to come into this place and beat a first-place team, so regardless of how they lined their pitching up, you’ve got to win as many games as you can,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “That was the lovable September marathon that we all enjoy. Better to be on the winning side than the losing side, but that one seemed like it was never going to end.”

 The second of four games commences tonight at 6:10 at Progressive Field.  Corey Kluber (15-8, 3.09 ERA) will get the start for the Tribe while the Astros will send out Brad Peacock (0-0, 3.86 ERA) to start the game.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians!

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Kluber fans 18 en route to 0-2 victory

“Anytime you’re mentioned in the same sentence as Bob Feller it’s humbling,” Corey Kluber said.

As if a sign from the baseball Gods, on the day that the museum for Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who also struck out 18 batters on Oct. 2, 1938, Corey Kluber had a Hall of Fame type of game, striking down batter after batter for eight innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“He has unbelievable stuff. I was talking to Carlos Santana and he said, “He looks like he did last year.”

“I did it for Mother’s Day,” said Kluber.

The final game in the three game stand begins today at 11:30. Get your tickets today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians.!

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Tigers sweep Indians

The Detroit Tigers hot streak continues; they came into Cleveland and pasted 25 runs, 10 more than the Indians were able to muster to sweep the Tribe and go 5-0 for the season.

The main issue for the Indians was their awful pitching.  TJ House and Zach McCallister opened games 1 & 2 and gave up 17 runs.  Game three featured Corey Kluber who held it together for 6.5 innings, giving up only two runs until the bullpen broke down giving the game and six runs up.

The Tribe begin a two game stand against the Chicago White Sox.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!

 

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