The Cleveland Indians are going to have to wait another day to potentially close out the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.
A strong band of rain blanketed the Boston area and washed out Game 3 at Fenway Park. The Game 3 matchup has been rescheduled for Monday at 6:08 p.m.
Despite the rainout, the Indians will retain Josh Tomlin as the Game 3 starter.
Known for their patience at the plate and aggressiveness on the base paths, the Indians used their power to hit three home runs in the bottom of the third inning against Rick Porcello and the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS.
That power surge proved to be too much for the Red Sox to overcome, and the Indians rode that momentum to a 5-4 win in Game 1 at a jam-packed Progressive Field Thursday night.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis smacked the second of the three homers in the third, and he finished his second-ever playoff game three for four with two RBI and a run scored. Also, catcher Roberto Perez, the No. 9 hitter in Cleveland’s lineup, had a home run, scored twice and went two for three at the plate.
With Indians starter Trevor Bauer lasting just 4.2 innings, the bullpen pitched around some trouble against Boston’s potent lineup and limited the Red Sox to just one run over 4.1 innings of relief.
Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber had not pitched in 10 days after straining a muscle in his right leg, but knowing that his bullpen had four-plus innings of work in Game 1 and with the rotation depleted because of injury, he pitched like the ace the team needed him to be in Game 2.
Over seven-plus innings of work, Kluber allowed just three hits and three walks against seven strikeouts and worked his way around multiple jams, each time closing the door on the Red Sox on the way to a 6-0 win and 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
The seven-inning outing was Kluber’s first-ever postseason start, and it came against a Red Sox lineup loaded with power hitters and World Series Championship experience. However, Kluber did not surrender an extra-base hit to Boston in the win.
Offensively, the Indians got things rolling by plating four runs and taking a 4-0 lead over the Red Sox after the second inning.
Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall delivered the big hit of the inning when after taking a called strike, he smashed a 1-1 pitch from David Price off of the foul pole in right field for a three-run home run, the Indians’ fourth round-tripper of the series.