A win would put the Indians into the World Series for the first time since 1997.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons shrugged off the suggestion Wednesday that star slugger Jose Bautista had given the Indians some juicy bulletin-board material by suggesting rookie Cleveland pitcher Ryan Merritt would be "shaking in his boots".
It was a jolt that Toronto was starving for.
Once again we repeat these familiar words from the past three weeks: Tonight, the Toronto Blue Jays play their biggest game of the 2016 season.
The Indians' bats went cold against Toronto Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez, and when the 15-game victor in the regular season turned things over to the bullpen, the relief combination of Brett Cecil, Jason Grilli and Roberto Osuna did not allow a base runner over three innings of work. The Jays bats can go cold fast, and they've been showing that for most of a month.
The Blue Jays have yet to lead in the series.
As strong as the Indians' pitching staff has been in this series, the starting rotation has been decimated by injuries and eventually that fatigue will catch up to the bullpen.
For ticket information, visit ScoreBig. The Blue Jays will need to get to Bauer early, because if they don't, Cleveland manager Terry Francona will hold a huge advantage in the later innings.
Cleveland relievers have pitched at least 7 1/3 innings five times since August 18, with the Indians winning four of those games. He went six innings, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five.
The Toronto Blue Jays avoided a four-game sweep in the American League Championship Series by beating the Tribe, 5-to-1.
Calderon is wrong. The Boston Red Sox are the only team in Major League Baseball history to come back from a 3-0 deficit.
"I'm not going to give too much away of what I had to say, but just more so getting everybody's attention and focus and understanding", Donaldson said. Here's how you can watch Game 5.
Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer left the game after with two outs in the first inning following his second walk, as his previously injured right pinky finger began bleeding while he was on the mound. One inning later, with men at first and second, Ezequiel Carrera - "a prime-time player", said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki - slapped at a first-pitch curveball, and it arced gently up over the infield but short of the outfield, into that safe shaded valley that Donaldson's doomed screaming liner in Game 3 couldn't find. For the series, Toronto relievers have yielded just four hits and two walks and have yet to allow a run in 9.2 innings. They understand that's just how things are done when you have a three-zip lead in a best-of-seven series.
"(I) chose to try to go a different route.
Star reliever Andrew Miller, who had struck out 10 of the 12 Jays he faced in the first two games, came on with four outs remaining.
ALCS Game 4 airs on TBS with a first pitch at 4:08. Toronto has won 21 consecutive games when scoring five or more runs but is 0-13 in the postseason since Game 2 of the 1993 ALCS when scoring fewer than five. They worked hard to get to this point, anyway.
It marked the first time Cleveland trailed in the series. If his career is defined by anything, it is a relentless work ethic and a willingness to adjust; an unwavering commitment to his team and the game contained within a stoic shell.
Even a starting pitching disaster for Cleveland in front of a raucous Toronto crowd couldnt jump-start the Jays.