Blue Jays vs. Indians 2016 live stream
- Author: Anthony Vega Oct 16, 2016,
Oct 16, 2016, 1:13
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to even the series at one game apiece when they meet the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday afternoon.
Kluber struck out six and scattered six hits over 6 1/3 innings, one start after he blanked Boston for six innings of the Indians' 6-0 victory in Game 2 of the LDS.
The Indians have already suffered one disruption in the ALCS, when Josh Tomlin had to be moved up to Game 2 on Saturday.
Francisco Lindor's two-run homer in the sixth was the difference as the Blue Jays lost for the first time in five games this postseason.
Kluber, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award victor, has pitched 13⅓ shutout innings and won both of his postseason starts against Boston and Toronto after missing 10 days with a quadriceps strain. But Kluber managed to bear down to escape the threat, whiffing Jose Bautista on a slider - his go-to pitch - before inducing a weak groundout from Russell Martin. The Jays stranded eight men on base and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
"It's kind of up in the air right now what could or what may happen what would even be allowed", manager John Gibbons said. The Blue Jays batted.249 with RISP this year, which ranked 24th in the majors. The lefty should see action out of the bullpen in this series.
Looking at Game 2, though, the Indians will likely have to get more out of their offense if they want to avoid going to Toronto tied at one game.
The Cubs are the strongest team left in the postseason, and they are set up well to beat the exhausted Dodgers in the first two games of the series at Wrigley Field. The 31-year old pitched twice vs the Blue Jays this season. Where Cleveland particularly stands out is infield defence, which was brightly on display in the fourth inning when second baseman Jason Kipnis robbed Kevin Pillar of a base hit with a diving snag of a ground ball that looked destined to find a hole. Andrew Miller and Cody Allen completed the shutout.
"I made some mistakes early on, and they were able to take advantage of them with base hits", Kluber said.
Jon Lester gets the ball for the Cubs in the opener.