Indians: The 24-year-old Ryan Merritt made his lone big league start on Sept. 30, when the left-hander held Kansas City to a run and three hits in five innings. “If you told me on the first day of the season I would be pitching in the ALCS I might have thought you were crazy,” Merritt said. “To get this opportunity is awesome. It feels good that the team trusts me.” Blue Jays: Marco Estrada allowed two runs in eight innings in Game 1 against Cleveland.
injury-riddled rotation — still lingers. In Game 5, Cleveland will start Ryan Merritt, who has pitched just 11 innings in the majors, against Marco Estrada.
It was an emotional day all around at Rogers Centre, where the home crowd had fallen silent watching the season slipping away because of a slumbering offense that totaled only three runs in the first three games of the series.
“I thought we battled pretty good today, with the bats,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “Naturally, when you score, which we haven’t been doing, it always looks good.”
Donaldson’s solo shot to leftcenter field off Corey Kluber in the third put the Blue Jays ahead for the first time all series. Two