The Cleveland Indians are first through to the Major League Baseball World Series claiming the American League Championship by defeating Toronto Blue 4-1.
The Indians’ pitching dominated the best of seven American League Championship Series to clip the wings of the much feared Blue Jays batting line up, restricting them to just eight runs in five games.
After claiming the first two wins at home in Cleveland, the Indians won the first game in Toronto to take a 3-0 series lead. Only one team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to reach the World Series, the Boston Red Sox in 2004.
Blue Jay’s fans held out hope of a miracle comeback after they claimed game four 5-1, but the home team was never in game five, trailing from the first inning.
A double and an error from Toronto outfielder Ezequiel Carrera allowed Francisco Lindor to score before home runs to Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp pushed the score to 3-0 in the fourth inning.
Despite having a number of chances with runners on base throughout, the Indians used four pitchers to slam the door on the Blue Jays’ title hopes, combining to shut out the home side and propel their team to its first World Series appearance since 1997 and give them a chance to break their 67-year title drought.
Mid-season recruit Andrew Miller produced a flawless pitching performance throughout the series, only allowing two baserunners from the 25 batters he faced to be named the series MVP.
The Indians’ await the winner of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers lead 2-1 in the best of seven series, with the Cubs looking to break the longest title drought in American sport which currently stands at 107 years. – Luke Cullen
Photo of Andrew Miller from Cleveland Indians Twitter feed.