Corey Kluber flirted with perfection Monday afternoon, going toe-to-toe with Cubs ace Jon Lester in a pitcher's duel that exceeded expectations.
While his perfect-game bid didn't end the way he had hoped, Kluber was completely dominant in the Tribe's 2-1 loss to the Cubs.
The reigning Cy Young winner racked up 11 strikeouts with no walks in 7 2/3 innings and held the Cubs hitless until the sixth, when he gave up a bloop single to David Ross.
Kluber's performance on Monday was one of his most impressive starts of the season.
The Indians now head back home to kick off a two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.