The Toronto Blue Jays return home in search of offence to help dig themselves out of an 0-2 hole in the American League Championship Series.
The Jays managed just three hits and struck out 13 times in a 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Toronto, which averaged 4.7 runs a game during the regular season, has produced just one run in two games at Progressive Field.
Befuddled by Cleveland’s pitching, Toronto hitters have struck out 25 times in two games. The free-swinging Blue Jays may lead the post-season with 10 homers but the fences have seemed miles away in Cleveland.
Following Corey Kluber’s stellar outing in Game 1, Josh Tomlin outshone J.A Happ as the Indians starters continued to steal the spotlight from their Toronto counterparts.
“I know one thing, they pitched great,” Jays manager John Gibbons said. “I wouldn’t dare take anything from them, that’s for sure. Kluber (Friday) night, one of the top guys in the game. And Tomlin, he’s right up there at the top command guys in baseball.
“But you look at the two games, both sides, it’s been all about pitching,” he added.
The Indians become the first AL team — and join the 1970 Cincinnati Reds as the second team in the majors — to allow a total of one run over its first two LCS games.
Marcus Stroman starts Game 3 Monday for Toronto back at the Rogers Centre against Trevor Bauer, whose assignment was pushed back a game after cutting his finger doing “routine maintenance” on a drone.