The Indians held on to a 4-2 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays, putting them up 3-0 in the best of seven series.
Indians ace Corey Kluber will pitch on short rest against Aaron Sanchez. Bauer faced four batters before getting pulled when his stitched-up right pinkie began dripping blood. He’d been pushed back two days to Game 3 after cutting his finger last week repairing one of the drones he enjoys flying as a hobby.
After two tight losses in Cleveland, Blue Jays fans could be forgiven for believing fate was on their side when Bauer failed to make it out of the first inning with blood streaming from his little finger down his pant leg forming a puddle on the mound.
Plus, even though Cleveland used six relievers in Game 3, none threw more than 1 2/3 innings or 28 pitches. The cut was so gnarly, in fact, that the team’s manager, Terry Francona, had to push Bauer’s scheduled start back a day.
Martin’s slump began during the regular season – the four-time All-Star catcher is 5 for 54 with two RBIs dating to September 25. We know these guys. “We’ll see. We’ll see if it’s tomorrow”.
Bauer had a strikeout, walk, flyout and walk before making his bloody exit.
“If we knew we’d be doing it”, he said.
Francona can call it fun because his team is up 2-0 in the series.
His major league experience is limited to 11 innings over four appearances including one start at the end of the season on September 30 versus Kansas City when he picked up his first and so far only Major League win holding the Royals to a single run on three hits over five innings.
The last time bleeding on the mound drew this much attention, Curt Schilling was known for his sock rather than his rants.
“It hasn’t happened yet” Gibbons said.
Cleveland’s Indians are one win away from clinching a spot in the World Series. “We got some big hits in the wild-card game and that kind of carried over to the Texas series”.
The Cleveland starting rotation has already had to be revamped due to late-season injuries to Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar.
Kluber pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 on Friday.
The Indians have won nine straight dating back to the end of the regular season while extending their franchise-record post-season streak to six victories. Josh Donaldson smokes the first pitch on a line to left field, but Crisp made a nice diving catch to end the rally.
It’s easy to understand why Schilling wasn’t impressed with Bauer: he hurt himself pitching in Game 2 against the Yankees, while Bauer was injured while essentially playing with a toy.
It also meant Kluber and not rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt would be the Game 4 starter.
Michael Saunders drilled a solo homer to left field off of Otero in the bottom of the second, tying the game at 1-1. The one positive is the unknown of pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, per ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. Napoli’s solo homer in the fourth put the Indians up 2-1, but Ezequiel Carrera led off the Blue Jays fifth with a triple and scored to tie it on a grounder by Ryan Goins.