ALDS Game 2: Indians look to Kluber to put them up 2-0
CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Cleveland Indians will look to Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber to put them up 2-0 in their series against the Boston Red Sox.
Game 2 is at Progressive Field at 4:38 p.m. today. Gates open at 2:30 p.m.
Kluber will be pitching on 10 days’ rest, after skipping his last start to help recover from a strained a quadriceps last month.
The Indians won a battle of the long ball in taking Game 1 of their American League Division Series against the Red Sox in Cleveland on Thursday night.
Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindoreach hit solo homers in the third inning of the Indians’ 5-4 triumph over Boston.
Perez tied the game by homering in his first career postseason at-bat before Kipnis and Lindor added back-to-back blasts. The power surge occurred shortly after Andrew Benintendi’s solo blast gave Boston a 2-1 advantage in the top of the third.
Kipnis was 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Indians’ 10-hit attack. Sandy Leon and Brock Holt belted solo shots.
Neither starting pitcher got out of the fifth inning. Bosox hurler Rick Porcello was tagged for five runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings after winning a major league-leading 22 games during the regular season. Trevor Bauer gave up three runs and six hits before he was pulled with two outs in the fifth.
Andre Miller worked two innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Cody Allen closed out the victory with a five-out save. Porcello took the loss.