Strat18 playoffs. Cleveland at Tampa Bay

Game 1. Cleveland 2 at Tampa Bay 1.  Blake Snell does a masterful job of pitching and limits the Indians to no runs over 8 2/3. Enrique Romo is brought in to get the last out against Edwin Encarnacion with a 1-0 Tampa lead and a runner on first. Romo gives  up a two run shot to Encarnacion and the Indians shock the Rays in game 1.

In a great finish the Cleveland Indians came back in the top of the ninth and held on to win over the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 2 to 1 at Tropicana Field. Cleveland scored the decisive runs in a big 9th inning plating 2 runs. After two outs Melky Cabrera jump-started the rally as he drew a walk. Allen got a great jump and stole second easily. Edwin Encarnacion then clubbed a two-run home run. Neither team was able to score until the 7th inning. The winning pitcher was Adam Cimber(1-0) who allowed no runs in 1/3 of an inning. Cimber was helped out by Cody Allen who recorded his 3rd save. Sergio Romo(0-1) was the loser in relief. Kevin Cash was understandably not very talkative after his team’s tough loss. He quickly showered and changed and when asked about the game had a terse, yet polite response, ‘Hey fellows, that game was a heart-breaker to lose. Our guys gave it their all and played well – fate just wasn’t smilin’ on us tonight’

Game 2. Cleveland 6 at Tampa Bay  4 (16 INNINGS)  This one was a doozy as it went 16 innings in a classic pitching duel in extra innings. The Cleveland Indians got by the Tampa Bay Rays in 16 innings at Tropicana Field. The final score was 6 to 4. Both teams were tied at 4 runs apiece after nine innings. Cleveland won the game in the 16th inning. Leonys Martin opened up the inning nicely when he ripped a base-knock. Francisco Lindor stepped up to the plate and he drew a walk. Michael Brantley then drew a walk to load the bases. Melky Cabrera followed and he lined a base-hit driving in two more baserunners. Cabrera took second on the throw. The Tampa Bay batters didn’t put up a fight in the bottom of the 16th. Cody Allen(1-0) picked up the victory, allowing no runs in 1 and 2/3 innings. Yonny Chirinos(0-2) was charged with the loss in relief. He gave up 4 hits and 3 walks in 4 and 2/3 innings.

Game 3. Tampa Bay 1 at Cleveland  3.  Carlos Carrasco(3-0) and Tyler Glasnow(1-1) dueled it out with Carrasco and the Cleveland Indians coming out on top of the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 3 to 1. Cleveland claimed the early lead in the first inning plating one baserunner.  Both teams ended up with 7 hits on the night.   Brad Hand recorded the save, his 1st.

CLEVELAND WINS THE BEST OF FIVE SERIES 3-0 AND ADVANCES TO THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES 

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