Fans excited about a possible sweep in the ALDS were shocked earlier in the game as the Yankees kept adding runs. The longest playoff game the Bombers ever played was a 15-inning affair in Game 2 of the 1995 ALDS vs Seattle. They struck out six hitters, completing the Game 1 shutout and pushing the total number of Yankees strikeouts to 14 on the night. If a situation arises prior to game four - when Severino is now scheduled to start if the Indians do not pull off the sweep - where he's needed in a jam, would it really hurt the Yankees to use him? That's when a showdown between Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber is likely in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series in Cleveland. "They tell us we have 30 seconds".
Francona pulled ace pitcher Korey Kluber after 2 2/3 innings.
Oddly enough, Aaron Judge was not part of the home run festivities, following up his terrible Game 1 (0-for-4, four Ks), with another muted performance (0-for-3, three walks). While Judge has bogarted the bold ink with his epic homers, Sanchez has hit a few himself, finishing fourth in Major League Baseball with an average of 416 feet. Finally, Greg Bird swatted a high-arcing shot (137 feet high) that seemed to join the stars before slipping inside the right-field foul pole, to stretch the lead to 8-3.
The Indians will have a chance to eliminate the Yankees when they meet for Game 3 in NY on Sunday. Somehow, some way, Francona continues to make decisions that seem questionable from the outside but work out perfectly. In six career starts against NY, he is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Girardi called upon Chad Green to get the Yankees out of the inning, which isn't out of the ordinary.
CC Sabathia outdueled Kluber, going 5 1/3 innings, giving up only two earned runs and four total.
Cleveland tied the game on a Jay Bruce home run in the bottom of the eighth, and after that, it really felt like it was only a matter of when Cleveland would win the game, not if. He joined me to discuss C.C. Sabathia and the series as a whole.
In the National Basketball Association, they say a series doesn't begin until a road team wins a game.
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