Ryan Merritt proved he belonged by unleashing a knee-buckling curveball for strike three
It's hard to imagine more unconventional circumstances for the second start of
In retrospect, it might be possible to pinpoint the exact moment Merritt proved he belonged on the mound for one of the biggest games of the year. With two outs in the first inning, Merritt faced
That is a Major League pitch on baseball's brightest stage from a guy who lived in relative baseball anonymity until 48 hours ago.
He left the game with one out in the fifth, having yielded just two baserunners and no runs in one of the more improbable postseason starts in recent memory. Cleveland held on for a 3-0 victory and will face the winner of the Dodgers-Cubs series in Game 1 of the World Series starting Oct. 25 on FOX. The Indians will be looking for their first championship since 1948 -- the longest current title drought in the American League.