DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - For the first time since 2007, American League Championship Series baseball is back in Cleveland. The Indians open up play against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday at Progressive Field. First pitch is slated for 8:08 p.m.
The clubs faced off seven times during the regular season. Though the Indians won four of the seven games, the Blue Jays outscored the Tribe 38 to 24 (a run differential that is perhaps skewed by the Blue Jay's 17-1 rout of the Indians on July 3).
Aside from that July 3 game, the season series between these two teams has been some of the most exciting baseball in the Majors this year, play that featured a 19-inning game as well as an inside-the-park home run.
Here's how it played out.
Thursday, June 30: Tribe ties club record
With Carlos Carrasco on the hill, the Indians tied a club record of 13 straight wins with a 4-1 victory in Toronto. It was the first time since 1951 and Indians team had won 13 consecutive games.
Friday, July 1: 19 innings, new franchise record
Carlos Santana homered off of Blue Jay's infielder Darwin Barney in the top of the 19th to lead the Tribe to a franchise record 14th win in a row. What Josh Tomlin started, Trevor Bauer helped finish with five innings of scoreless relief. Bauer, who had been slated to start July 2, picked up the win.
Saturday, July 2: Controversial call ends streak
In the 8th, Toronto's Ezequiel Carrera was called out sliding into home. The Blue Jays challenged, and he was ruled safe, putting them up 7-6. Toronto would go on to win 9-6. The Indians had promoted pitcher Shawn Morimando from Akron on short notice for the contest. He'd see action, and if the bullpen wasn't depleted after Friday's 19-inning affair, Saturday's slugfest did them in.
Sunday, July 3: Toronto ties season series in rout
Despite Cleveland ace Corey Kluber getting the start, the mighty Blue Jays lineup went to work Sunday afternoon, blowing out the Tribe 17-1. Three Blue Jays homered.
Friday, Aug 19: Naquin's night
This was the night Tyler Naquin did this:
For the second straight game, Naquin had a walk-off hit for the Tribe at home, this an inside-the-park home run (on dollar dog night no less!). Bauer pitched eight strong innings.
Saturday, Aug 20: Tomlin struggles
This was likely one of the games that led to Josh Tomlin being temporarily taken out of the lineup. He gave up nine hits in 4 and 1/3 innings. Three Blue Jays would homer in this game.
Sunday, Aug. 21: Indians take regular season finale 3-2
Kluber gives up two earned runs in 6 and 2/3. Mike Clevinger earns win. Third-baseman Jose Ramirez drives in two.
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