CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Are you out of breath? I am. That was a classic post-season rollercoaster, wasn't it?
The ball was carrying at Progressive Field, especially to right, and it felt like no lead was safe. That played to the Tribe's advantage by helping to limit
the effectiveness of Porcello. He also just wasn't sharp. He was up in the zone and left a lot of balls hittable, and when they were hit, they went far.
Terry Francona stretched his big-three of relievers about as far as they could go. Miller, Shaw and Allen combined for 4 1/3rd innings, Miller and Allen threw 40 pitches each! Was that a bad move?
It depends entirely on what Kluber does in Game 2. If the Indians go on to win this series, Francona's decision to take the ball out of Bauer's hand in the 5th inning could prove to be what won them the series.
You can't assume Bauer would've been fine for another inning, and limiting him to 78 pitches puts him in great shape to come back on three days rest in Game 4, if there is one.
The Indians just threw a giant monkey wrench into the national media's narrative that this was a Red Sox series win in 3-4 games. Nobody had the Indians beating Porcello with Bauer on the mound on Thursday night. Nobody outside of Cleveland anyway.
We have ourselves a series, and you bet the Tribe has a chance to win it.
Game 2 is at Progressive Field at 4:30 p.m.
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