Game 1 of the ALDS rematch goes to the Yankees! Final score: 7-4! Despite a very uncharacteristic outing from Luis Severino, in which he gave up 4 runs in 5 innings and struck out just 1, the Yankee bullpen and offense picked him up.
Brett Gardner led the offense tonight, homering twice! One was a 2-run shot in the 3rd to tie the game at 2, the second was an insurance shot in the 9th. Didi Gregorius brought back memories from last postseason with a shot of his own off of Kluber. Greg Bird drove in a run with a double of the wall to take a 4-3 lead. It looked like Sevy would hang on to the lead, but Jose Ramirez had other ideas and jacked a homer to tie it up.
The bullpen- Warren, Robertson, Betances, and Chapman tonight- locked it down for the last 4 innings, allowing a total of one baserunner without giving up a hit.
The Indians sent a tired Corey Kluber to the mound in the 8th, and, after Didi worked a quick walk, the Yanks capitalized immediately. Hicks hit an RBI double, stole third, and then scored on a sac fly from Bird. Gardy’s second shot in the 9th and Chappy’s pitching sealed dub #61. Good win.
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