They blew a five-run lead in unthinkable fashion, losing a five-hour game when Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes drove in the winning run with an RBI single down the third-base line in the 13th inning. He retired 11 batters in a row. The grand slam cut the lead to 8-7, re-energized a glum Progressive Field crowd, and turned what should have been the best victory for this franchise in five years into a crushing defeat.
Both Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez homered off Kluber, and NY entered the six inning leading 8-3, when the wheels came off. The pitcher whose creaky knee nearly made him quit in the middle of his 17 season had outlasted likely Cy Young Award victor Corey Kluber.
Following an excruciating extra-innings loss to the Indians on Friday, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman stirred a bit of controversy after "liking" a very pointed Instagram comment directed at manager Joe Girardi. He's such a good athlete, and I don't think people give him credit for that. Lindor hit a grand slam off Green.
"I screwed up", the skipper told the media as the Yankees returned home in a 2-0 ALDS hole to the Indians. Instead of putting Green on in the 7th, Robertson in the 8th and Chapman for the 9th, Girardi lost his lead, and ended up using Chapman for two innings, Robertson for nearly two, Tommy Kahnle and finished with Dellin Betances, also throwing for two innings before allowing Gomes to win the game. He threw 77 pitches.More news: Traces of VX poison found on clothes of both accused
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He added later: "I mean, how many times have you seen a player, say check, check, check, and it ends up being the call that they called?"
In 11 career starts against his former team, Sabathia is 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA.
The injury happened in the bottom of the first inning. "It's going to be tough to face them, but I'll just try to be aggressive like I always do in the strike zone, and try to get them to mis-hit some balls". "But I felt great". He struck out Michael Brantley swinging in the second inning with the bases loaded, holding the Indians to one run.