The Blue Jays and Indians had never met in a postseason game prior to Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, and there was certainly no shortage of emotion in Cleveland's 2-0 win in the series opener.Both teams quickly asserted their competitive edge in what will
The Blue Jays and Indians had never met in a postseason game prior to Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, and there was certainly no shortage of emotion in Cleveland's 2-0 win in the series opener.
Both teams quickly asserted their competitive edge in what will likely end up a long and hard-fought series.
Before Game 2 on Saturday (4 p.m. ET on TBS, as well as Sportsnet and RDS in Canada), here are some interesting facts from Game 1:
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• Friday night's victory marked the first for Cleveland in Game 1 of an ALCS in franchise history. The Tribe went 0-for-4 in its previous LCS openers.
• This was the first time Cleveland has hosted the opening game of an ALCS.
• Friday's game finished in a tidy two hours and 44 minutes, the fourth-quickest LCS game in the past 30 years. The last ALCS game to finish that quickly was Game 3 in 2005, a 5-2 win for the White Sox against the Angels in 2:42. The last National League Championship Series game to finish that quickly was Game 2 in 2013, a 1-0 Cardinals win over the Dodgers in 2:40. The Orioles defeated the Indians, 3-0, in Game 1 of the 1997 ALCS in 2:33.
• The Blue Jays are now 2-5 in Game 1 of the ALCS. Their last win in an LCS opener came 23 years ago, a 7-3 victory over the White Sox in Chicago's Comiskey Park.
• Seventeen of the past 30 ALCS Game 1 winners (57 percent) have gone on to win the series, but dating back to the 2000 postseason, the team that lost the opener has rallied back to claim the series 50 percent of the time.
• Cleveland's Carlos Santana took Toronto by surprise when he led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single down the third-base line. The last leadoff bunt single in AL postseason play was hit by Kansas City's Alcides Escobar to begin Game 4 of the 2015 ALCS -- also against the Jays.
• Indians starter Corey Kluber tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and two walks and striking out six. The right-hander has started his postseason career with 13 1/3 scoreless frames, the most by a Tribe pitcher to begin a postseason career since southpaw John Walter "Duster" Nails began with 15 2/3 scoreless frames in the 1920 World Series.
• Cleveland has now won 14 of Kluber's past 17 starts.
• Kluber joins Orel Hershiser as the only pitchers to have multiple postseason starts of at least six scoreless innings for the Indians. Kluber, who threw seven scoreless frames in Game 2 of the AL Division Series, is the first to do so in one postseason.
• All six hits Kluber allowed came with two strikes. He had allowed as many as six two-strike hits in a game only one other time in his career, in 2014.
• This was the second shutout for Cleveland this postseason and the 10th in its postseason history, including four in the ALCS. It was the fourth time Toronto has been shut out in a postseason game.
• When Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor delivered a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning at the age of 22 years and 335 days, he became the second-youngest player to go deep in ALCS history. Only the Yankees' Derek Jeter (22 years, 105 days) was younger, in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS against the Orioles.
• Lindor's blast was the first go-ahead home run hit by a Cleveland player in the sixth inning or later of a postseason game since Kenny Lofton's solo homer in the top of the sixth in Game 3 of the 1998 ALDS against Boston.
• Indians reliever Andrew Miller entered in the seventh and retired five of the six batters he faced -- all via strikeout. Miller became the first pitcher to pitch at least 1 2/3 innings in a postseason game and record all of his outs on strikeouts since the Angels' Kelvim Escobar in Game 5 of the 2005 ALCS.
• As confident as Cleveland may be with Kluber on the mound, they're probably even more confident with Miller on the hill. The Indians have now won 26 of the past 29 games in which Miller has made an appearance.
• Marco Estrada finally achieved his long-sought-after first complete game after coming within two outs of the feat in the ALDS against the Rangers. The finesse right-hander joins Jack Morris (Game 1 of the 1992 ALCS) as the only pitchers in Blue Jays history to record a postseason complete game, although Morris took the loss in that start against the A's.
• Estrada's complete game was the first thrown by a Toronto pitcher this season. Estrada is also the first Blue Jays pitcher to throw two postseason starts of eight-plus innings.
• The Blue Jays made Major League history, becoming the first team to have its first complete game of the season occur in the postseason.
• Estrada is the second pitcher with a complete-game loss this postseason, following the Giants' Johnny Cueto, who took a complete-game loss against the Cubs in the NLDS. This is the first postseason with multiple complete-game losses since 1991 (Tom Glavine, World Series; Doug Drabek, NLCS).
• Lindor's homer was just the third in ALCS history to break a 0-0 tie in the sixth inning or later and account for all the runs in the game. The previous two: Tony Fernandez for the Indians in the top of the 11th inning in a 1-0 win over the Orioles in Game 6 in 1997; and Mike Napoli for the Red Sox in the top of the seventh inning in a 1-0 win over the Tigers in Game 3 in 2013.
*Alykhan Ravjiani * is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.