Total domination. That’s all there is to say after game one of this Yankees versus Indians ALDS playoff game. Indians General Manager Terry Francona was widely criticized for slotting Trevor Bauer in game one, and likely Cy Young or Corey Kluber for game two of this five game series against the Yankees. However, after tonight’s victory over the Yankees, Francona comes out looking like a genius. The Indians have a 1-0 lead in this best of five series, and the Indians best pitcher has yet to step on the mound.
For the Yankees, Sonny Gray struggled lasting only three and a half innings. In his short time on the field, Gray allowed three runs, four walks and a Jay Bruce two run homer into right field that gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer did not allow a Yankee hit until the sixth inning. In the sixth, Aaron Hicks hit a double, however, he would be stranded after Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge failed to drive him home. Bauer would exit with a line of 6 2/3 innings, two hits, one walk, and eight K’s, before turning the ball over to former Yankee Andrew Miller. Miller pitched a scoreless inning before closing pitcher, Cody Allen, came out and sealed the 4-0 Cleveland victory.
Friday evening’s matchup will see Yankees veteran lefty CC Sabathia (14-5 3.69 ERA) against the Indians Corey Kluber (18-4 2.25 ERA) where the Yankees will look to tie up the series before heading back home for game three. Ideally, the Yankees win on Friday, and again in game three to avoid seeing Kluber in a potential game five. Friday night’s match up will be televised on MLB Network with coverage beginning at 5 PM EST.