With the MLB playoffs fully underway, the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox squared off in Game 1 of their best-of-five ALDS series on October 6th. The series kicked off in Cleveland, with Red Sox ace and Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello on the mound for Boston and No. 4 starter Trevor Baur on the hill for Cleveland. Since the Indians rotation is currently stricken with injury, they had to go deep to find a Game 1 arm. Luckily for Cleveland, they reached for stud left-handed reliever Andrew Miller in the fifth and he threw two scoreless innings and earned the win, with the final score 5-4 in favor of the Indians.
This game will be remembered for the long ball, particularly in the third inning. Three Cleveland hitters took Porcello deep in the third, Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor all went yard. Kipnis and LIndor’s were back-to-back. The Red Sox were also hitting the ball well, getting home runs from Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt and Sandy Leon. Unfortunately, the strong bout of offense wasn’t enough to overcome the hotter Cleveland bats. Game 2 will be played on October 7th.