Indians 6, Kings 4 (game two in best of three series sweep)
‘Indians Claim ‘Three-peat’ Championship’
Submitted by Joe Hellett, Indians manager
The Indians defeated the Kings 6-4 in game two of the best of three championship to be crowned the 2021 League Champions. This is the third championship in a row for the Indians.
The Kings started off the scoring in the first inning on two costly Indians errors and a timely hit by Corey Quatrine off Indians starter Chris Eng.
The Indians clawed back to score two runs in the bottom of the second, including a home run by Brandon Douglas to make the game close, before the Kings scored the fourth run in the top of the fourth. The Indians staved off more damage after Kaiden McCool rocketed a double to deep center, but the relay throw cut down the Kings’ runner trying to score from first.
The Indians took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a long three-run home run to left field by Ryan Crawford to give the Indians a lead they would not relinquish.
Indians reliever and championship series MVP Bradley Burdett came on in the fourth to close out the game with six scoreless innings to earn the win. Burdett threw 11 innings allowing no earned runs in either game.
The Indians defeated the Kings 15-1 in the first game of the series.
Burdett threw all five innings striking out five while allowing five hits and one run.
In game one, the Indians opened the game scoring five in the top of the first on multiple hits and three Kings errors. The Indians added four more in the top of the second, with three scoring on a long 3-run home run by Drew Austin.
Nick Ulrich of the Indians was also 4-4 with two home runs, driving in four in the game.