Andrew Miller Closes Out Indians’ ALCS Game 2 Win Against Blue Jays

Andrew Miller Closes Out Indians’ ALCS Game 2 Win Against Blue Jays

After a dominant performance in their ALCS game 1 victory over the Blue Jays, Andrew Miller was at it again in Game 2 for the Cleveland Indians.

The Cleveland Indians again went to Andrew Miller late in Game 2 of their ALCS match against the Toronto Blue Jays. Miller, who also closed Game 1 for the Indians, turned up another dominant performance. The southpaw demoralized the Jays in the 7th and 8th innings with 5 strikeouts. He is now the first pitcher to have recorded a minimum of 5 strikeouts for two days straight.

Josh Tomlin starts out strong

Unlike in game 1, the Indians came to this match better prepared. Josh Tomlin was a lot more careful with the ball than Corey Kluber was. Outside of the third inning, he did a great job at limiting the Blue Jays to ground outs. Of course, the double he gave up to Josh Donaldson in the third can’t be ignored. After all, that allowed Toronto to score its first run (courtesy of Darwin Barney) in the series. However, that wasn’t nearly as critical thanks to Carlos Santana hitting a homer in the previous inning.

In fact, after giving away the run to Barney only seemed to motivate Tomlin more. He struck out both Russell Martin and Michael Saunders in the fourth inning. After that, he paid back Barney by striking him and Ezequiel Carrera out in the fifth.

Francisco Lindor is a revelation this postseason

One of the reasons for the Indians’ success in the ALCS has been Francisco Lindor. The shortstop hit a homer in Game 1 of the series which gave Cleveland the win. This game was no different as he displayed talent and tenacity that the Indians have been lacking for so long. He hit a single off of JA Happ that allowed Rajai Davis to score a run. That gave the Indians a 2-1 advantage that they would then protect till the end of the game.

Andrew Miller strikes again!

While Lindor, Davis, and Tomlin were impressive, there was no arguing that Andrew Miller was the star of the night. With the Jays threatening late in the game, Terry Francano opted to insert his closer in the 7th inning. And boy, did Andrew Miller make an immediate impact. Replacing Bryan Shaw, Miller had no problems striking out Melvin Upton and Kevin Pillar. In the 8th inning, he was even more impressive. He managed to clear out the Jays batting lineup with only six pitches. Barney and Donaldson both struck out swinging while Ezequiel Carrera got grounded out on the first pitch.

In this year’s postseason, this type of performance has become expected of Andrew Miller. He was also crucial in the Indians’ 2-0 victory over the Jays in Game 1 of the ALCS last night. Much like tonight, he also came into that game with Toronto threatening to take the Indians’ 2-0 lead. In a similar manner, he dispatched 5 of the Jays batters via strike outs.

Toronto faces elimination

The Blue Jays batters have been miserable in this series and they’re now facing elimination. It hasn’t just been Andrew Miller who has been making life hard for them on the plate. In Game 1, it was Corey Kluber and now, Josh Tomlin. Yes, they were able to score a run off of Tomlin but their consistency leaves a lot to be desired. With that being said, I think the Jays can still make this a series when the Game 3 shifts to the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Really, all they need right now is a kick to their offense. Maybe the fans can provide that or hopefully a Jose Bautista homer. Regardless, the ALCS Game 3 on Monday is a definite must-watch.

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