Cleveland Indians 15, Toronto Blue Jays 4
The Toronto Blue Jays suffered their worst lost of the season as the Indians reached a season high with 15 runs and 20 hits. It was almost right from the start Toronto looked over matched by the Indians in every aspect of the game.
After getting out of the first inning with no problem, Dustin McGowan struggled to get Cleveland hitters out the rest of the game allowing 4 runs and 9 hits in 4 innings pitched. Esmil Rogers then came in and held the Indians at bay for 2 innings.
It seemed that every time Toronto needed a stop they didn’t get it. Marcus Stroman came in to start the seventh and couldn’t get hitters out either. Stroman surrendered 5 runs (4 earned) in only 1.1 innings. Recently called up Neil Wagner was called upon to come to Stroman’s rescue but didn’t fair any better as he allowed 6 runs in 1.1 innings. The situation was so out of control that John Gibbons asked second baseman Steve Tolleson to get the final out of the game.
Toronto’s offense showed up too late as they scored once in both the fifth and sixth and twice in the ninth. Adam Lind collected 2 hits and 2 runs, but it was Juan Francisco leading the way with his 3 RBI’s.
Corey Kluber was nothing short of brilliant as he continued his hot streak. Kluber held a perfect game until Lind hit a double with 1 one in the 5th. In 7 innings he allowed only 2 runs on 4 hits as he struck out 9 in the outing.
Cleveland’s offense was on fire. As stated previously they scored a season high in runs and hits. David Murphy had 5 hits and 5 RBI’s in the win. Its a long night when the number nine hitter gets 6 at bats in the game.
Tomorrow will be the rubber match of the series as we will see Danny Salazar (1-3, 5.65) take on JA Happ (1-1, 4.63) in the Rogers Centre at 7:07 PM ET.