Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series
By Peter Santo
Maybe it is time to believe in Cleveland. After not winning a championship for 52 years, the city of Cleveland could be on the verge of their second championship of 2016.
Indians’ pitching was unstoppable once again in game five, pitching another shutout en route to a 3-0 victory. Yet another unheralded pitcher got it done for Cleveland in game five, this time it was rookie Ryan Merritt.
Making just his second major league start, Merritt delivered 4.1 innings of shutout baseball in the biggest moment of his life, opening the door for Andrew Miller and Cody Allen to do what they do best, shut it down out of the pen.
Once again the Indians’ lineup did just enough to lead their team to victory. For the second straight series, former Red Sox were all over the box score as they led the Indians to their first World Series appearance since 1997.
Mike Napoli delivered an RBI double and Coco Crisp delivered yet another clutch home run. Add in a Carlos Santana bomb, and the Indians had more than enough offense to close out Toronto.
Bryan Shaw delivered another scoreless inning which allowed Tito Francona to go to his dynamic duo out of the bullpen in the sixth inning.
Series MVP Andrew Miller pitched 2.2 scoreless innings while Cody Allen added another scoreless inning to secure Clevelands’ birth in the Fall Classic.
Cleveland will host a World Series game for the first time in team history when the series kicks off against either the Dodgers or the Cubs, and you better believe Believeland will be rocking.
On another note, if the Tribe win it all, this could be the first time a single athlete leads a team to a title in two different sports. LeBron James is proving to be a very good motivator for this ballclub.