Ryan Merritt played Clash of Clans before starting Game 5 - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Ryan Merritt played Clash of Clans before starting Game 5

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Ryan Merritt's teammates warned everyone that the pitcher loved to play Clash of Clans, and it looks like they weren't kidding.

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Merritt was caught not long before starting Game 5 playing the video game on an iPad in the team locker room. 

It looks like the unusual preparation strategy worked out well for him, as he led the team to a 3-0 victory and a trip to the World Series. 

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