An afterthought in August, Tomlin has emerged as an unlikely October star for the Indians. He allowed one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings before Cleveland manager Terry Francona called on his bullpen led by the magnificent Miller, who is making the Blue Jays look like Little Leaguers.
The lanky left-hander struck out the side in the seventh, two more in the eighth and has 10 strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings in the series. He has not allowed a run in 16 career postseason innings.
Cody Allen struck out
After bludgeoning Texas in the AL Division Series by hitting eight homers and scoring 22 runs, Toronto has one run and 10 hits — eight singles and a pair of doubles — in two games against the Indians.
Bautista is 0 for 6 in the series with five strikeouts and in a 0-for-14 postseason tailspin. The only bat flipping Joey Bats has done is back into the rack.
The series heads north to Toronto's raucous Rogers Centre for Game 3 on Monday with Cleveland's
Tomlin originally was scheduled to pitch Game 3, but the right-hander was pushed up after Trevor cut his right pinkie while repairing one of the drones he enjoys flying as a hobby. The 31-year-old Tomlin pitched himself out of the rotation by going 0-5 with a 11.48 ERA in August, but injuries to
Tomlin, who ignored taunting Boston fans to close out the
With some help from Happ, the Indians took a 2-1 lead in the third on Lindor's RBI single.
Tomlin had the Blue Jays off-balance and guessing with an assortment of breaking pitches — nothing harder than 75 mph — before Toronto finally pushed across its first run of the series to tie it 1-1 in the third.
Darwin Barney, starting at second in place of the injured Devon Travis, singled with one out, moved up on a groundout and scored on
Tomlin walked Encarnacion, and with reliever