The American League has its two potential champions who face off for a chance to play in the World Series. In a best of 7 series, the Toronto Blue Jays will meet the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship series. The Blue Jays survived the Wild Card and the ALDS against the AL team with the best record, the Texas Rangers, while the Indians survived a tough competition against the Boston Red Sox. Looking forward to seeing who comes out on top in this matchup of AL's finest.
Game 1: Cleveland goes with Corey Kluber to start on the mound. Toronto chooses Marco Estrada to pitch first. The Blue Jays put runners on in the early innings but there was no score until the 6th inning. In the bottom of the 6th, Francisco Lindor (SS) hit a two-run home run. Cleveland's lead held for a 2-0 win and the Indians go up 1-0 in the series.
Game 2: Josh Tomlin pitched first for Cleveland and J.A. Happ started for Toronto. The Indians scored first when Carlos Santana hit a home run in the bottom of the 2nd. Josh Donaldson (3B) doubled in the top of the 3rd to tie the game. Francisco Lindor drove in the winning run again with a 3rd inning single. Cleveland went up 2-1 and the score held for the game win. The Indians are up 2-0 in the series as the teams move to play in Toronto.
Game 3: Marcus Stroman started pitching for the Blue Jays and Trevor Bauer began on the mound for the Indians. Cleveland scored first when Mike Napoli (1B) hit a double in the top of the first to put the Indians up 1-0. Bauer had to leave because a bleeding pinky finger from a drone injury and Dan Otero came in to relief pitch. Michael Saunders (DH) homered off him in the bottom of the 2nd to tie the game at one. Mike Napoli responded in the top of the 4th with a home run for Cleveland. The Blue Jays tied it up in the bottom of the 5th with Rays Goins's ground out. The Indians rallied with a Jason Kipnis (2B) home run and an RBI single from Jose Ramirez (3B) to put Cleveland up 4-2. The Cleveland Indias won and took a 3-0 lead in the series.
Game 4: Fighting for survival, the Blue Jays started Aaron Sanchez to pitch against the Indians and Corey Kluber. Josh Donaldson's (3B) bottom of the 3rd home run put the Jays up by one. Ezequiel Carrera ((LF) singled in the 4th to drive in another run. The Indians scored in the top of the 5th when Roberto Perez (C) doubled to make the game 2-1. The Jays loaded the bases and Edwin Encarnacion (1B) singled to drive in three runs. Kevin Pillar (CF) hit a sacrifice fly for the final run that had the Blue Jays winning 5-1 against Cleveland to fight another day. The Indians lead the series at 3-1.
Game 5: Attempting to put this series away, the Indians started Ryan Merritt while the Blue Jays started Marco Estrada. Mike Napoli (DH) batted in a run early in the top of the 1st. A home run from Carlos Santana (1B) put the Indian up 2-0 in the top of the 3rd. Coco Crisp (LF) added to Cleveland's lead with a homer in the 4th. The Cleveland Indians hold the lead and win the series 4-1 heading to the World Series.