The Cleveland Indians just put together one of the greatest examples possible of a “team win.”
On a night when starting pitcher Trevor Bauer’s bloody finger caused him to come out in the first inning, the Indians used seven pitchers to again stifle the Toronto Blue Jays hitters in a 4-2 win in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
Cleveland now leads 3-0 and can clinch its first World Series appearance since 1997 with a win on Tuesday.
Mike Napoli was the offensive star for Cleveland, either driving in or scoring three of its four runs. He doubled home Carlos Santana with a first-inning double, hit a solo home run in the fourth and scored on a Jose Ramirez single in a two-run sixth that broke a 2-2 tie. The Indians took the lead for good that inning on a solo home from Jason Kipnis.
Bauer, who sliced open his righty pinky last week while working on a drone, began to bleed profusely during his fourth batter and had to leave after two-thirds of an inning. He was followed by six relievers, the last being Andrew Miller who struck out three over the final 1 1/3 innings for the save while Bryan Shaw picked up the win.
Toronto got a solo homer from Michael Saunders in the second and an RBI groundout from Ryan Goins in the sixth after Ezequiel Carrera tripled. For the series the Blue Jays have scored only three runs.
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