INDIANS LIVE/Indians take Game 1 4-0

INDIANS LIVE/Indians take Game 1 4-0

INDIANS LIVE/Indians take Game 1 4-0

His curveball was in top form and NY just couldn't adjust accordingly, and Bauer himself exited to a well-deserved standing ovation with two outs in the seventh inning. The Yankees managed six hits and three runs against him in 17 innings this year.

Bauer set the tone for the game - and perhaps the series? - by blowing through the pinstripers, striking out eight with only one walk. "How's that? I don't think I need to be telling LeBron what to do, but I think he'll be rooting for the Indians". "The city, the players, they support you and I'm a part of this organization now, so anytime we get an opportunity to support, you definitely want to do that, so that's what tonight is about". He is 9-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 19 postseason games (18 starts). The Yankees managed a measly three hits and failed to cross the plate during Game 1. Greinke cruised through three innings but fell apart in the fourth, allowing four runs before getting yanked.

Judge, Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and the rest of the power-laden lineup figure to see a steady diet of breaking pitches for at least the next game.

Kluber is Kluber. The best pitcher any of us has seen this year.

Until Hicks' hit, the Yankees' only baserunners in Game 1 were Greg Bird's two-out walk in the second inning and Aaron Judge leading off the fourth by reaching on a strikeout/wild pitch. Allen worked the ninth for a save.

"I thought he had some good swings".

"Physically, they're fine", Girardi said.

Not one, not two, not three, but four strikeouts for Aaron Judge.

The young pitcher who was given up on by the Arizona Diamondbacks had himself an awesome night, going 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out eight batters and allowing just two hits.

Bauer held the Yankees hitless and scoreless through the first five innings.

The Yankees died by the curve Thursday night, and their season might be finished, too.

The Indians took an early lead when Bruce led off the bottom of the second by bouncing a double off the left field wall. That lineup with Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnación and Carlos Santana has shown that they are all capable of coming up with the clutch hit and I expect them to do the same in the ALDS.

Francona had some other tough roster decisions, including at third base where he's chosen to platoon Giovanny Urshela and Erik Gonzalez, dropping Yandy Diaz. "Their tradition, all the games they've won before, they've been able to put up those runs". The big blow for Cleveland was a two-run home run by Jay Bruce. (The league average is.221.) But, like everyone else, the Yankees have more success against fastballs - they were 12th with a.361 wOBA against fastballs (MLB average is.308) - and Bauer didn't throw many. Bruce, who could have been a Yankee at the trade deadline, added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. "We didn't get many free base runners, which we have in the past off of him, and he was really good".

Sure, Gray has only been a Yankee for a short time, but he understands what it means to take the ball in the opener, with an opportunity to win a game on the road even before Corey Kluber toes the rubber.

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