With the Tribe traveling, the Yankees have home field advantage to keep the series alive. Indians look to eliminate them to head to the ALCS.
In what was probably the most exciting game so far in the MLB Postseason, the Cleveland Indians won in walk off fashion 9-8 to go up two games to none. Last night’s game was also the second highest scoring so far this postseason with 17 total points behind the Rockies/Diamondbacks NL Wild Card game.
Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin got the win for the Indians, which may be confusing as Corey Kluber started the game going 2.2 innings giving up six earned runs and two home runs. Josh Tomlin pitched the last two innings for the win with three strikeouts. The Indians went through eight pitchers in 13 innings. The Yankees went through six.
C.C. Sabathia gave up four runs, only two being earned while striking out five. Both teams gave up five walks while striking out 12. The Indians had two home runs while the Yankees three. This was also the longest game so far, stretching out an extra four innings. There is no doubt that the bullpens need the day off to rest and recoup as we saw Aroldis Chapman throw two innings. We saw Andrew Miller throw a little over one inning along with Cody Allen throwing two innings.
Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks both had three RBIs for the Yankees. Starlin Castro and Greg Bird also had RBIs. Aaron Judge went 0-3 with three walks and a strikeout. The rookie showed lots of patience at the plate drawing those three walks. He may not have made contact but he did get on base, which is an improvement from the previous game.
For the Tribe, RBIs were spread out between five players. Francisco Lindor had four RBIs on the night followed by Carlos Santana who had two. Jason Kipnis, Jay Bruce and Yan Gomes all had an RBI each in the 13 inning game. The most important RBI though came from Yan Gomes’ walk-off single.
The Indians also mounted a five run comeback when they were down 8-3 going into the sixth where they scored four runs from a Lindor grand slam to start it. They kept the Yankees scoreless from there, scoring another run in the eighth to tie the game.
In a worrisome moment, Edwin Encarnacion exited the game with a sprained right ankle after stepping on second base.
In Game 3 that will be in the Bronx at Yankee Stadium, Masahiro Tanaka takes on Carlos Carrasco. Tanaka went 13-12 on the season with 194 strikeouts and a 4.74 ERA. In his last regular season start; he struck out 15 in seven scoreless innings. He posted a 3.22 ERA at home while running up to a 6.48 ERA on the road.
Carlos Carrasco went 18-6 on the season with 226 strikeouts and a 3.29 ERA. This 2017 season has been his best throughout his career. He had career highs in wins (18), innings (200), starts (32) and strikeouts (226). In starts on the road, Carrasco is 11-2 with a 2.65 ERA.
My prediction is that tomorrow the Yankees are eliminated in front of their fans. Aaron Judge will hit a home run after Carrasco is pulled from the game, after giving up no runs. The Tribe will score 5 in the first six innings, not scoring afterwards as the bullpen will shut them down. Unfortunately for the Yankees, those five will be enough after Judge’s home run later in the game. Tomorrow, the Indians and Astros move onto the ALCS.