Indians take back the home field advantage and defeated the Cubs 1-0 Friday night.

If this score seems boring to you, you might want to redefine your definition of boring. Last night’s game was an adraline rush unlike any other I’ve experienced watch a playoff game in 2016. Watching Terry Francona, manager of the Cleveland Indians, and Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs, playing their battle of the minds, was everything playoff baseball should be. 

Andrew Millfer got the start for the Indians, and although he did not surrender a run, he was not involved in the decision. The win went to Josh Timlin, who came of as the reliever. Miller being a team player wanted an Indians win more than post season glory. Cody Allen picked up the save for the Indians. The lone run that scored last night was compliments of Coco Crisp. His hit drove in the game’s only run. 

Kyle Hendricks was the starter of the Cubs. He was pulled early in the game for reliever Justin Grimm. Grimm was then replaced in the by Carl Edwards, Jr. who allowed the big hit to Crisp. The game may have been decided in a different matter all together if Maddon stayed with Hendricks, but that is a personal opinion. Second guessing managerial decisions is easy the next morning. Baseball is a game of what ifs and should of beens. 

Last night’s game was full of all that is right with baseball. If you don’t bite your nails, a disgusting nervous habit I have, last night, I appalled you. Not being able to get emotional involved in sports is a trait the is admirable. Getting invested in a sport that my emotions have zero outcome on the final score, is why I only stick to watching baseball. Once the World Seies is over, then it’s a bit easier to focus on late February when pitchers and catchers report for Spring training. Until then enjoy the final week of baseball and remember there is nothing as remarkable November baseball! 


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