The Cleveland Indians won game one of the 2016 ALCS on Friday night. In a game that was played at Progressive Field, Cory Kluber was in great form. He pitched 6.1 innings, struck out six, and gave up no earned runs as the Indians blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0.

The Jays will have to lament early-inning opportunities that amounted to nothing. For example in the first inning Josh Donaldson singled and Edwin Encarnacion doubled. That gave the Jays two runners in scoring position with only one out. However, Torontowould not plate a run in the first and nor would they do so in the next inning when they again had two runners on.

Jays' hitters' strike zone debated

Numerous members of the Toronto Blue Jays had issues with the strike zone on Friday night. Perhaps the only call that came close to egregious was a called strike three against Melvin Upton Jr. late in the game. However, both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista argued calls too while manager John Gibbons argueda little with the home-plate umpire late in the game as well.

The Bautista call is one that was examined by an interesting Twitter account (@BlueJaysUmp). According to that source,the top-of-the-sixth call that Bautista argued the most over should have been called ball four instead of strike three. That forces a little bit of 'shoulda-coulda-woulda' style debate as the Jays would have had two runners on had the call gone in favor of Toronto.

Francisco Lindor did all the damage

Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor accounted for all the RBIs in the game. He homered in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on base off of Toronto starter Marco Estrada.

With the blank sheet, the home run was all the offense that Cleveland required. They are now up 1-0 in the series after what was a fast-moving game.

Game two of the series will go on Saturday afternoon. With a 4pm ET start, Toronto, who may have lost Devon Travis in the game to injury for game two (updates pending), will be in much need of a victory in order to return home with some hope in the series.

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