The Cleveland Indians head to Safeco Field for the first game of the American League Division Series against the MLB leader in wins, the Seattle Mariners. Proving that the regular season means nothing in the playoffs, Bartolo Colon and Bob Wickman combine on a 5-0 six-hit shutout against the M’s, who won 116 games during the season.
Colon allowed all six of the hits in addition to a pair of walks over eight scoreless innings while striking out ten. The Tribe plated three in the fourth off of Freddy Garcia on RBI singles by Juan Gonzalez, Travis Fryman, and Marty Cordova. Ellis Burks provided some thunder at the plate with a solo homer in the eighth, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead in the series.