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Cleveland Rocks Their Way to ALCS

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Cleveland Rocks their way to ALCS

The Cleveland Indians seemed to gain something back in June when the Cleveland Cavaliers claimed an NBA title.  Something in their team came to life and they realized they had a chance to put Cleveland sports teams back on the map.  On Monday the Indians got one step closer to being the second Cleveland team to win a Championship in 2016.

The Indians are used to the doubters.  In fact most of the past years the doubters would be right.  However, now the Indians are ALDS champs as they sweep their way through Boston and are gearing up to prove the next set of doubters wrong.

On Monday the Cleveland Indians closed out the series and David Ortiz’s career with a 4-3 victory and a clean sweep of their opponent.  They now find themselves just four wins away from their first World Series since 1997.  No one had counted out the Red Sox heading into Mondays game, because the Red Sox have always had a flair for the dramatic.  It seemed a few times in the game that Boston was ready to take the game back and push the series to a game 4.  The Indians bullpen on the other hand had a different plan.

Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw and closer Cody Allen would fight off the Red Sox attempts to rally and help the Indians close out this ALDS matchup.

“It’s impressive because we got it done,” Andrew Miller said. “This offense that we faced, this team is so great, but particularly from the perspective of a relief pitcher, this offense is unbelievable.  To find a way, it doesn’t have to be pretty, and it wasn’t tonight.”

Miller would pitch two scoreless innings, striking out three in the Indians series clinching win.  This only confirmed how good of a move they made in acquiring him from the Yankees at the trade-deadline.

Tonight’s closeout game was vindication for the heartbreaking loss the Indians suffered to the Red Sox back in 1999.  The Red Sox trailed the Indians 2-0 in the ALDS and ended up coming back to defeat the Tribe in five games.  Of course that was before the Indians had the old Red Sox coach, Terry Francona managing their team.

This is not the end for the Indians as they now turn their attention to their next opponent.  Cleveland will now face the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays who breezed through the Texas Rangers.  Game one will begin at 8pm ET on Friday as the Indians host the Blue Jays at Progressive Field.