Terry Francona is headed to his third World Series.
The Indians, and former Red Sox, manager guided his team to a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon, clinching Cleveland’s first World Series berth since 1997, not having won the Series since 1948.
Andrew Miller was named MVP for the American League Championship Series, not allowing a run over 7 2/3 innings, striking out 14 and not walking a batter.
It was the fourth time the Indians entered a Game 5 ahead in the series 3-1, having lost the three previous Game 5 opportunities.
The Indians, who won 94 regular season games, improved to 7-1 this postseason. The shutout of the Jays was the third time during this playoff run Cleveland held its opponent scoreless, and marked the first time Toronto had ever been shutout at home in the postseason.
Cleveland starting pitcher Ryan Merritt, who appeared in just four games (making one start) in the regular season, held the Blue Jays scoreless through 4 1/3 innings. The lefty allowed just two hits while not walking a batter before giving way to Brian Shaw.
After a scoreless inning from Shaw, Andrew Miller did his thing, throwing two scoreless frames. Cody Allen finished things off, recording the final three outs to punch the Indians’ ticket to the World Series.
The Cleveland offense was paced by a pair of home runs, coming from Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp.
The Blue Jays managed just one runner in scoring position for the entire game. Toronto finished the series just 1-for-35 with two outs and a man on base.