Game 1. Cleveland 2 at Oakland 1. Cleveland leads the best of seven series 1-0. Francisco Lindor hit a homerun at Oakland Coliseum where the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland A’s 2 to 1. Cleveland scored 2 runs in the top of the 5th inning. Yan Gomes kicked off the action when he hit a bases-empty home run. Two outs later Lindor stepped in and he ripped a solo home run. Both teams finished the game with 6 hits. Corey Kluber(3-0) was the winner allowing 1 run in 7 and 2/3 innings. Brad Hand gained credit for his 2nd save. Sean Manaea(2-1) was hit with the loss. He gave up 5 hits and 1 walk in 7 and 1/3 innings.
Game 2 Cleveland 7 at Oakland 3. Cleveland now leads the best of seven series 2-0. Mike Clevinger whiffed 11 batters at Oakland Coliseum as the sizzling Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland A’s 7 to 3. Clevinger(1-0) pitched a fine game. He went 8 innings allowing 7 hits and no walks and gave up 2 homeruns. For the game Cleveland out-hit Oakland 14 to 7. Mike Fiers(2-2) suffered the loss. He was knocked around, surrendering 6 runs in 4 and 1/3 innings. Clevinger was humble when questioned about his performance, ‘Well, I felt pretty confident in my pitches this afternoon. But, I had great support behind me and I just threw what was called. That was an extremely well called game!’
Game 3. Oakland 0 at Cleveland 5. Cleveland now leads the best of seven series 3-0. Carlos Carrasco dominated striking out 10 Oakland batters as the blistering-hot Cleveland Indians defeated the Oakland A’s by the score of 5 to 0 at Progressive Field. Carrasco(4-0) looked very much in control throughout the night. He didn’t give up much, just 5 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings lowering his ERA to 1.30. Neither team managed to score after the 1st inning. The losing pitcher was Edwin Jackson(2-1). Everyone seemed to enjoy the performance of Carrasco – except Oakland. Bob Melvin lamented, ‘He just was ‘on’ tonight. He was keeping our guys off balance all game. A fine game by a good strikeout pitcher – makes it a fun game for the hometown fans – unfortunately we were the visitors!’
Game 4. Oakland 3 at Cleveland 1. Oakland staves off elimination and wins their first game of the series to narrow the series to 3-1. Trevor Cahill carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning as the Oakland A’s defeated the Cleveland Indians 3 to 1 at Progressive Field. Cahill(2-0) pitched a fine game. He went 5 and 1/3 innings and surrended up 2 hits and 2 walks. The right-handed Cahill lost a no-hitter when Leonys Martin homered with one out in the 6th inning. Oakland finished with 7 hits while Cleveland ended up with 2. Blake Treinen preserved the game for Cahill, recording his his 7th save. Corey Kluber(3-1) was the loser. He allowed 5 hits and 2 walks in 6 and 2/3 innings.
Game 5. Oakland 5 at Cleveland 3. Oakland pushes the series back to their home ground with a big win to force a game six as Cleveland is now up 3-2. Khris Davis blasted 2 homeruns at Progressive Field where the Oakland A’s beat the Cleveland Indians by the score of 5 to 3. Oakland set the tone of the game in the first inning scoring 2 runs utilizing 4 base hits. Nick Martini got things going when he ripped a base-knock. Matt Chapman followed next and he lashed a single. Jed Lowrie then stroked a one-base hit plating a run. Davis got his turn next, but he was a strikeout victim. Trevor Bauer then unleashed a wild pitch scoring the final run of the inning. Cleveland was retired without difficulty in the bottom of the 9th. Sean Manaea(3-1) got credit for the victory, pitching 6 innings and allowing 3 runs. Blake Treinen gained credit for his 8th save. Bauer(0-2) was the loser. He surrended 3 homeruns in his 4 innings.
Game 6. Cleveland 1 at Oakland 0. Cleveland Indians win the 2018 ALCS four games to two. Right fielder Melky Cabrera had 2 base hits as the Cleveland Indians bested the Oakland A’s 1 to 0 at Oakland Coliseum. The deciding run was scored by Cleveland in the 8th. After an out was recorded, Francisco Lindor doubled. Michael Brantley stepped into the batter’s box and he reached on an error. Cabrera then singled scoring the run. Brad Hand came throught with a perfect ninth inning to earn his 3rd save. Oliver Perez(1-0) got the win allowing no runs in 1 and 1/3 innings. The loss was charged to Shawn Kelley(2-1) in relief. He allowed 1 hit and no walks in 1/3 of an inning.
CLEVELAND IS YOUR 2018 STRATOMATIC AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMP