Friday, August 24, 2012

The New York Yankees don't make it easy but they win in Cleveland

The New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians by the score of 3-1. The game took place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. CC Sabathia made his return from the disabled list for the Yankees and pitched very well, the Yankees bullpen closed it out with a little bit of a scare. The Yankees offense was supplied by Nick Swisher and Derek Jeter had a good game. Corey Kluber started for the Indians and pitched pretty well, the Indians bullpen mainly did a good job. Carlos Santana led the Indians offense. 
Sabathia pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up four hits and a run with a walk and nine strikeouts. Sabathia earned his 13th win of the season. Dave Robertson pitched 2/3 of an inning retiring both batters and Rafael Soriano earned his 32nd save of the season pitching an inning and giving up two hits and a walk and striking out a batter. Kluber pitched five innings giving up six hits and a run with two walks and six strikeouts. Tony Sipp pitched an inning giving up a hit, Cody Allen took the loss pitching an inning giving up two hits and two runs with a strikeout and Esmil Rogers pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Chris Perez pitched a perfect inning.

Jeter had two hits, Swisher had three hits, three RBI and drew a walk and Robinson Cano had a hit and drew a walk. Curtis Granderson had a hit, Russell Martin had a hit and Ichiro Suzuki had a hit. Jeter, Swisher and Cano each hit a double and Swisher hit a homerun. The Yankees were 3-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Asdrubal Cabrera had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Santana had two hits and Michael Brantley had a hit. Matt LaPorta had a hit, Shelly Duncan had a hit and Casey Kotchman had a pinch hit walk. Cabrera hit a homerun and the Indians were 0-6 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base. Brett Lillibridge committed an error and Cabrera.

In the first Swisher hit an RBI double giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Cabrera hit a solo homerun in the fourth to tie the game at one. In the seventh Swisher hit a two run homerun and that was the final runs of the game making it 3-1 Yankees. The Yankees survived a scare in the ninth as Cleveland had second and third no outs and didn’t score. Soriano got a strikeout, popup, a walk mixed in and a groundout to end the game.

The Yankees increased their lead in the AL East to 3 ½ games and four in the loss column over the Tampa Bay Rays. They improved their record to 73-52. The Indians record fell to 54-71 and the two teams will play game two of their three game series on Saturday night.

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