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Tribe Takes Game 1 of ALDS

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Tribe Takes Game 1 of ALDS

On Thursday night the Cleveland Indians took the field before a sell out crowd of red towel waving fans that are thirsting for a World Series title.  The Red Sox would strike first with a run in the top of the first off of a Hanley Ramirez double that at first glance appeared to plate two runs.  The Tribe would challenge the play at the plate and after a review the call on the field was overturned.

Boston Red Sox Ace and Cy Young candidate, Rick Porcello would look sharp through the first inning and end it with the score being 1-0 Red Sox.  The lead wouldn’t last long for Boston though.  In the second inning the Indians would tie the ball game on Lonnie Chisenhall’s single up the middle which scored Jose Ramirez from second base.  The Red Sox would end the inning on another challenge at second base and once again after the review the call was overturned and the inning was over.

Boston would answer back again in the top of the third inning by adding another run when rookie Andrew Benintendi leadoff the inning with a solo home run to give the lead back to Boston. With the homer Benintendi became the youngest Red Sox player to homer in a post season game.  That lead wouldn’t last long and the Cleveland fans wouldn’t remain silent for long either.

In the Bottom of the third inning the Tribe’s bats would come to life.  Roberto Perez would even the game with a 381 foot solo shot to right field to tie the game at 2-2.  Shortly after that Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor got in on the action.  They would hit back-to-back jacks to run the score out to a 4-2 lead.  Porcello would be bounced from the game in what turned out to be his shortest appearance of 2016.  He would leave after 4 1/3 innings and tie his season high in runs allowed and home runs allowed (3).

The Red Sox would draw closer in the fifth as they added a run, but Kipnis would have an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to again extend the lead to 5-3.  Andrew Miller, whom the Indians acquired from the Yankees would not play the role of closer tonight.  After Cleveland’s Bauer was pulled after 4 2/3 innings, Terry Francona would turn to Miller to finish out the inning.  Miller, who was not accustomed to entering the game this early, would struggle his way through the inning.  Giving up a double to Holt and a walk to Mookie Betts.  He would then go into closer mode and get David Ortiz to strike out on a 2-2 pitch to end the Red Sox threat.

The Red Sox would threaten again in the top of the eighth when Boston’s Brock Holt led off with a solo shot to draw within one run of the Indians.  The Indians would then turn to closer Cody Allen to attempt a 5 out save opportunity.  He was able to do so, but not before some near late inning heroics from Ortiz.  Ortiz would barely beat out a double as he just slid in ahead of the tag at second base.  Allen would then get Hanley Ramirez, who had already doubled twice, to ground out and ended the inning with a strike out of Xander Bogaerts.

No one would score again and the Cleveland Indians walked away with a 1-0 lead in the best of five series.  The Red Sox will look to recover on Friday as they head into game 2 with David Price set to take the mound.  Price has a career postseason record of 0-7 with a 5.27 ERA to boot.  He joked after signing with Boston in the off-season that he had saved all of his postseason wins for the Red Sox.  The Red Sox are depending on that to be true and the Red Sox fans will surely be expecting him to deliver on his statement.

For the Cleveland Tribe they send Corey Kluber another Cy Young candidate to the mound to make his first career postseason appearance.  This will be the third time Kluber has faced off against David Price and Price has won two of those three starts.  The excitement grows as Boston fans want to send “Big Papi” out with another World Series ring and Cleveland looks to win it all for the first time in 68 years.

Get Ready (Game 2 Friday, 4:30pm ET on TBS)