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Carlos Santana home run an overlooked key to victory for Cleveland Indians in Game 2

...because even with awesome pitching, you don't win if you don't score.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians took a two games to none lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS Saturday afternoon, and the story is the fantastic pitching the Tribe had for the second game in a row. A day after Corey Kluber pitched 6.1 shutout innings, Josh Tomlin allowed only one run on three hits in 5.2 innings against one of the best lineups in baseball, using a curve ball that was on point to strike out six along the way. Bryan Shaw got a big out to end that sixth, then Andrew Miller came in and continued his other-worldly postseason with two innings, needing just 24 pitches to get through them, despite becoming the first player in postseason history to record 5+ strikeouts on back-to-back days. Cody Allen made easy work of the ninth, and that was that. I completely get why the pitching is the lead of every story about Game 2, but a team doesn't win without scoring, so can we take a moment for Carlos Santana?

...Why?! Because he hit a home run.

...No, I'm not making that up.

...I don't know why you don't remember it. Maybe because it was early in the game and a lot happened afterwards. Maybe because you're prone to overlooking Carlos' accomplishments. You tell me why you don't remember it.

...Yes, well it happened, and you shouldn't be surprised, given that he hit 34 of them this year, and has hit 151 of them this decade, nearly twice as many as anyone else has hit for the Indians during that time.

...Listen, we're getting off track, the point is he hit a home run yesterday. Here, look at it:

According to Statcast the ball left his bat at 109.6 MPH, making it the second-hardest-hit home run by any player this postseason. Santana is one of only three players with a hit for the Indians so far in the ALCS (he has two, Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall each have four already), and the Tribe will probably need more hitters to step up at some point, if they're going to keep winning. Given ho few players have made a major contribution in either of the first two games, we shouldn't be overlooking any of them.