The Cleveland Indians defeated the Ontario Blue Jays 3-0 in Game 5 of the 2016 American League Championship, winning their first A.L. pennant in 19 years. Rookie Ryan Merritt pitched four and one-third excellent innings only pitching 11 inning in 4 appearances at the major league level. After Jose Bautista’s comments, “with our experience and our lineup, I’m pretty sure he’s going to be shaking in his boot more then we are.” Bautista followed up his words by battling 0-2 against Merritt. Merritt’s performance today is only yet another miracle on Cleveland’s trip to the world series and the pursuit of yet another championship this season for the city.
If you have been watching the Indians’ magical playoff run this year you probably would guess that reliever would be the A.L. MVP. He has had a lights out season since being traded to Cleveland earlier this year. Miller tossed two and two-thirds inning in the game 5 3-0 victory. Miller gave up only 3 hits in the seven two-third shutout innings he pitching in the series and also recording 14 strikeouts- an A.L. record. There have been plenty of other important contributors in the Cleveland bullpen particular closer Cody Allen, who had 32 saves during the regular season and hasn’t allowed a run in the postseason.