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Indians ride homers, ‘pen to Game 1 win over Sox


Power surge Cleveland's Francisco Lindor celebrates his solo home run in the third inning

It had the makings of a big inning, but Mookie Betts whiffed after missing three straight fastballs for the first out.

“It happens, man. He ain’t ideal”, David Ortiz said.

With two down, Hanley swung at Bauer’s first pitch and smacked a clutch double to the gap in left-center. Miller’s first at-bat, against Brock Holt, had a leverage index of 0.57. We saw the barrage in Game 1, and that was an extension of the regular season, when the Indians hit 99 bombs with a.469 slugging percentage at home as compared to 86 and.391, respectively, on the road.

Anderson would only be used to give length if a game went extra innings and the Indians have no other choice.

With unexpected contributions from players like Jose Ramirez, Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis, the continued rise of star shortstop Francisco Lindor and a lights-out bullpen, they grabbed the division lead in June, reeled off a 14-game winning streak and never looked back, dominating rival Detroit and dethroning the defending champion Kansas City Royals, who finished 13 1/2 games behind Cleveland. The outfield will be Rajai Davis, Coco Crisp, Tyler Naquin, Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer and will continue to be based on matchups and who is pitching. Tyler Naquin strikes out swinging. The Indians haven’t played in October since 2013 when they faced off against the Tampa Bay Rays for a wild card play-in game that they lost. All were solo homers, all went to right field, and all contributed to the Indians taking a lead which they would hold on to for the remainder of the evening. Dustin Pedroia called out on strikes. Will it be 2-0 Indians or 1-1?

Previously this season: The Red Sox and the Indians met six times during the regular season, including the opening series which was filled with postponements due to rain, ending up giving us only two games, split between the teams.

Cleveland unloaded on Porcello in the third, connecting for the three homers that shook Progressive Field. Come next year, when Everett was released, the Indians’ third baseman-turned-right-fielder got the coveted No. 8, while Kipnis stayed with No. 22.

After Francisco Lindor stepped on home plate, he leapt into the air, clapped his hands and pointed to the crowd.

CLEVELAND Surrounded by his infielders, Rick Porcello stared at the ground in disbelief. Jackie Bradley Jr. popped out to end the inning.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34).

The two clubs combined for six solo homers on an unseasonably warm (game time temperature of 75 degrees). That call almost ended up a disaster as Brock Holt and Mookie Betts both reached against the typically overwhelming lefty, but David Ortiz struck out to end the threat. According to FanGraphs, a “low leverage” situation is between 0 and 0.85, “medium leverage” is 0.85 to 2.00 and “high leverage” is above 2.00.

Dave Tuley: The Red Sox appear to have gotten the luck of the draw in the American League as the No. 3 seed behind the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians, getting a seemingly easier matchup against a Cleveland team whose pitching staff is a shadow of what it was earlier in the year.

Roberto Perez tied the game with an opposite field leadoff solo shot.

Perez started the salvo with just his second homer in 82 at-bats at home this season. Perez reached safely, and the move paid off when Kipnis followed with an RBI single. Pedroia trotted home, and Holt also tried to score from first base.

Another offseason addition, closer Craig Kimbrel, missed 18 games this season with a meniscus tear in his left knee. Jason Kipnis to third. There’s lots of history here – and if the Giants take a 3-1 lead in the series but have a key player suspended for Game 5, Bay Area fans might have a sinking feeling about what comes next. Renowned team mascot Slider stood over the script “Indians” logo waving a bold-red “Rally Together” towel before the game.

The first was not productive, as Bryan Shaw quickly got out of the inning.

Allen kept it in the ballpark in relief of Shaw, although he allowed a double to Ortiz.