Cleveland defeats the Toronto Blue Jays, advance to World Series
Troy Tulowitzki looks on disappointed after popping out to end the game, giving Cleveland their first World Series berth since 1997. Photograph: (Getty)
The Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 3-0 Wednesday night, booking their ticket to the World Series, Major League Baseball's championship.
The Indians were the first team to ever shutout the Jays while playing in the SkyDome. It started in the first inning, when Lindor hit a single, and was driven home by a Mike Napoli double that Ezequiel Carrera misplayed off the outfield wall.
The home crowd was silenced. Including the regular and post-season Cleveland has a record of 69-20 when scoring the first run.
Marcus Estrada pitched a solid game, giving up only five baserunners in six innings while striking out seven, but he gave up costly solo homers in the third inning to Carlos Santana, and another in the fourth to Coco Crisp.
But nobody can win a baseball game scoring 0 runs.
The Jays had a chance for some late game dramatics, as the bottom of the ninth began with the top of the lineup. The first batter, the dangerous veteran Jose Bautista, hit a double to left field. Next up were Josh Donaldson, the hero of game four, and Edwin Encarnacion, but they both struck out.
Troy Tulowitzki popped out in foul territory, and with that the game was over.
After sweeping the Boston Red Sox three games to none, Cleveland defeated the Jays pretty handily 4-1.
Cleveland will go on to play the winner of the series between the LA Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs, which is tied in games 2-2.