Friday, October 13, 2017

New York Yankees defeat the Cleveland Indians to advance to the ALCS

The New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.  The game took place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio and the final score was 5-2.  CC Sabathia pitched very well and the bullpen was great.  Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius each had three hits to lead the offense. 

Sabathia pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up five hits and two runs with no walks and nine strikeouts.  David Robertson pitched 2 2/3 innings with a walk and two strikeouts and earned the win and Aroldis Chapman earned the save pitching two innings and giving up a walk and he struck out four. 

Corey Kluber lost the game pitching 3 2/3 innings giving up three hits and three runs with two walks and six strikeouts.  Andrew Miller pitched two innings giving up two hits and he struck out five, Brian Shaw pitched two innings giving up a hit and he struck out three and Cody Allen pitched an inning giving up two hits and two runs with one of them being earned.  He walked one and struck out two and Joe Smith retired the only batter that he faced. 

Gardner had three hits and an RBI, Gregorius had three hits and three RBI and Starlin Castro had a hit.  Aaron Hicks had a hit and drew a walk, Jacoby Ellsbury drew a walk and Todd Frazier drew a walk.  Gregorius hit two homeruns and the Yankees were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Gardner was caught stealing. 

Francisco Lindor had a hit, Jose Ramirez drew a walk and Austin Jackson had a hit.  Jay Bruce had a hit and drew a walk, Roberto Perez had a hit and an RBI and Giovanny Urshela had a hit and an RBI.  The Indians were 2-5 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.  Perez, Jackson and Bruce each committed an error. 

In the first Gregorius hit a solo homerun giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the third Gregorius hit a two-run homerun to push the Yankees lead to 3-0.  In the fifth Perez hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-1 and Urshela hit an RBI single to cut it to 3-2.  In the ninth Gardner hit an RBI single and a run scored on an error pushing the lead to 5-2 and that would be the final score. 

The Yankees won the ALDS 3 games to two and advanced to the ALCS to take on the Houston Astros.  It is the first time in five years the Yankees will be in the ALCS.  The series begins on Friday night in Houston. 

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