One week ago when I put together my previous N&N post, the Cleveland Indians were anxiously awaiting taking on the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS. Now, one week later, the Cleveland Indians are now waiting anxiously to face off against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALCS this coming Friday after completing the sweep of the Red Sox last night. A wild ninth inning that threatened to become a disaster ended up being a celebration for the visiting team as Lonnie Chisenhall caught a popup off the bat of Travis Shaw to end the game and the Red Sox playoff aspirations. Feels good, man. Feels good.
Indians 4, Red Sox 3
For those of you who missed last night's game, I sincerely apologize. Last night, with their 4-3 victory over the Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians got revenge for 2007 and advanced to the ALCS and eliminated the team that did the same to them 9 years ago. The unlikely hero for Cleveland in this game was Coco Crisp, who was involved in all 4 of the Tribe's runs.Prior to hitting a two-run bomb that would prove to be the deciding runs in the game, Crisp executed a bunt that put runners in positions to score on an RBI Tyler Naquin single. The ninth inning, thanks to Cody Allen, sent many Cleveland fans into cardiac arrest; on three separate occasions, Allen was one strike away from winning the game. It took a popup from Travis Shaw after a Jackie Bradley Jr. single and a Dustin Pedroia walk to finally end the game. And finally, for Boston fans, it was a heartbreaking night as it not only marked the end of their season, but it also marked the final game of David Ortiz.
From Andrew Miller's first appearance in the fifth inning of Game 1 to Cody Allen's rollercoaster outing in Game 3, the bullpen of the Cleveland Indians was instrumental in sending the Tribe into the ALCS. Going forward, they'll have to continue this trend of excellence in order for the team to succeed.
Some folks may be upset that the Red Sox/David Ortiz narrative is dead, but there is another compelling story in Cleveland that baseball fans should absolutely jump on.
I'm a bit torn on this one. On the one hand, it takes a lot to come out and admit that you were wrong. On the other hand, it feels like something easy to say immediately following a sweep of one of the best teams in baseball. Regardless, based on Lindor's reaction in the Facebook Live video of the post-game celebration (at around the 3:55 mark in this video), it seems as if some of the players have yet to forget what Hoynes wrote about the team.
Divisional Series News
- ALDS: Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers
- NLDS: Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers - Los Doyers are now facing elimination after the Nationals chased starter Kenta Maeda early in the game and have taken a 2-1 lead in the series.
- NLDS: Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants: Game 3 is still going on as of this writing. The Giants are trying to avoid elimination in the twelfth inning after MadBum gave up a three-run home run to rival pitcher Jake Arrieta.
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