The 2016 MLB regular season has officially come to an end.
The Cleveland Indians secured home-field advantage for the American League Division Series with a 3-2 win over the host Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon.
Lindor slashes go-ahead sac fly
A recent hitting slump was not strong enough to lower Francisco Lindor's final regular season batting average below .300. The Puerto Rican shortstop finished the year with a mark of .301 and hit the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top half of the eighth frame. Carlos Santana walked and Jason Kipnis doubled to commence the inning before the decisive blow.
Once more, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen closed the game in scoreless fashion to put the cherry on top of a remarkable 2016 regular season campaign.
Making his first start since July 17th, Yan Gomes returned with a vengeance hitting out of the ninth slot in manager Terry Francona's lineup.
On Ian Kennedy's first pitch, Gomes launched a 91 mile per hour fastball over the fence in left field to give the Tribe a 2-1 lead in the top of the third frame. The Brazilian native has recovered from both a seperated right shoulder and right wrist fracture over the course of the 2016 season.
Josh Tomlin was in control once more with his fourth consecutive quality start and a final line of 7.1 IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER 0 BB 3 K (88 pitches, 64 strikes, 73%).
Dating back to August 25th, Tomlin has not walked a batter and finally shown the poise and confidence that fans were accustomed to seeing in the first half of the season.
Boston fell short of victory in its Sunday affair to the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 2-1. Because of this, Cleveland clinches home-field advantage in the American League Divisional Series beginning this Thursday opposite the Red Sox.
RHP Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26) will start game one and RHP Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14) will get the nod in game two at Progressive Field.null