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Published: Wed, October 19, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Indians bullpen stops bleeding in win over Jays


Trevor Bauer's lacerated pinkie forced his exit from the game much earlier than expected but it was no matter, as the bullpen once again quieted the Toronto Blue Jays' bats and a frenzied Rogers Centre crowd to rally for a 4-2 win in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night.

Stroman entered Monday's game battle-tested in key moments - he did a good job in Toronto's AL wild-card win over Baltimore when he allowed just two runs on four hits over six inning in a game the Blue Jays would go on to win 5-2 in 11 innings.

Corey Kluber, who has not allowed a run in two postseason starts - including Game 1 of this series, when he threw 6 1/3 innings - will start on three days' rest for the first time in his career.

Last night during the first inning of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, blood flowed down Bauer's hand, onto his uniform. He received stitches and tried to pitch, but couldn't make it through the first inning without blood dripping from his hand.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to talk to plate umpire Brian Gorman, who then went to the mound as did Cleveland manager Terry Francona and a trainer.

"They've given me the opportunity to pitch on six [days rest], pitch on sometimes ten", Sanchez said. You know, he's one of those guys who keeps ending up on good teams. We can't get happy.

The final pitching line on Bauer: Two walks, one strikeout and 21 pitches. Toronto, which has yet to hold a lead in the series, is hitting.177 (17-for-96).

I know the Blue Jays don't have Miller sitting down there in middle relief, but Stroman's numbers are so striking that Gibbons had to be aware of them.

Pitcher Curt Schilling's bloody sock is one of the iconic moments from that year's run up to the Series.

"I'm guessing everybody will be available (Tuesday)", Francona said. "When he had the leave the game, it was just business as usual for us down there".

By the way, including their sweep of the Royals to end the season, that's nine wins in a row for the Indians. The relievers totaled 125 pitches and struck out eight in 8 1/3 innings.

It's yet another injury problem for a Cleveland team that couldn't include ailing starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar on its ALCS roster.

The Blue Jays tied in the bottom of the second on Michael Saunders' leadoff homer. Ezequiel Carrera tripled leading off the fifth and scored on Ryan Goins' grounder to tie it 2-all. A two-out walk to Jose Bautista put the potential tying run on, but Josh Donaldson's liner to left field stayed up long enough for Coco Crisp to make a sliding catch.

Game 5: A chance for some momentum presents itself in this game for the Blue Jays. Yet, if we've learned one thing in this postseason, it is that the Cleveland Indians aren't just any team. "We're going to draw on that experience and come back for Game 4".

It's easy to understand why Schilling wasn't impressed with Bauer: he hurt himself pitching in Game 2 against the Yankees, while Bauer was injured while essentially playing with a toy.

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