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.
The 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.
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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.
“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.
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After a four game stand, the Toronto Blue Jays used a six run fourth inning and settled in to take the series between they and the Indians. But the Indians had other ideas, used a six run fifth inning, added two more in the sixth to take a 10-7 win and even the series between the two at 2 apiece.
“That’s a great team effort,” said Indians OF Michael Brantley said. “The passion that we showed, the never-give-up attitude, that’s what we need to continue to do. We have a great day off tomorrow, but at the same time, we want to come back on Tuesday with that same energy, that same passion and make sure we’re ready to play from pitch one.”
The Indians will use their day off to prepare for a three game road trip against the Kansas City Royals. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians.
The Cleveland Indians have been a Major League baseball team since their beginnings in 1901. Their name was chosen in 1914 based on the common nickname given them of the “Tribe” or the “Wahoos”. The Slider is their team mascot. Based out of their home in Ohio, the Indians have played in the Progressive Field beginning in 1994. During the spring, the Indians train in Goodyear, Arizona, at the Goodyear Ballpark. The Indians have proven their success by winning two World Series championships.
Mike Hargrove, a popular manager, was brought in on January 18, 2011, in an effort to assist the Cleveland Indians from a run of bad luck. The season started very strong until some injuries caused a lapse in their success. Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall, a few minor leaguers, were brought in in order to substitute for the wounded players.
April 5, 2012 marked the opening of the 2012 season for the Cleveland Indians. Attendance at the Progressive Field broke all previous records for an opening day game. There were 43,190 fans watching to see to see how the Indians would fare against the Toronto Blue Jays. This game turned out to be the longest opening game by innings in the history of Major League Baseball.
The Indians definitely have their share of fans, selling out 455 home games in a row at Jacobs Field.