ALDS Game 1: Trevor Bauer leads Cleveland Indians past New York Yankees

ALDS Game 1: Trevor Bauer leads Cleveland Indians past New York Yankees

But then in the 13th, Austin Jackson reached first, stole second, and then scrambled home on a bullet down the left field line by Yan Gomes before a delirious Cleveland crowd. That's part of my game. They lead the best-of-five ALDS 2-0.

Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.23 ERA) takes the mound for the Cleveland Indians in Game 2.

If that happens, circle October 13 on the calendar.

We also touched on some of the various decisions Terry Francona has made leading up to these games; his decision to start Trevor Bauer in Game 1 and the roster construction and why some defensive specialists seem to be prioritized over others.

In the National League, neither Alex Avila nor Justin Wilson played for the Chicago Cubs, who beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 in their division series opener.

The on-field ruling was that Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, which loaded the bases, and the next batter, Francisco Lindor, hit a grand slam off Yankees reliever Chad Green to cut the Yankees' lead from five runs to one.

How about Sabathia? In this year of rebuild or reload, the waves of fledgelings and fresh faces, the Yanks were once again buoyed by a sage southpaw. "It was set up for Green to come in, and I chose to go", said Girardi. He will be opposed by CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA), as the New York Yankees try to pull even in the series. After retiring four on three strikeouts, Robertson surrendered a solo shot to Jay Bruce, which tied the game at 8.

Following Friday's 9-8 loss in 13 innings to the Indians in Game of the ALDS, Chapman liked a post saying "Let's hope Joe's contract is not renewed after the season".

Asked if he was surprised by Sabathia's late-career surge, Francona said: "Not at all". But since he no longer short-circuits the radar gun, he's no longer considered an ace - at least not commensurate to his salary - and has been overlooked. "And it took an entire team tonight to win that game". Seems the same is true in baseball. No matter how this series ends, the team and town have nothing to be ashamed of.

What has made the Indians' run to the postseason this year, which included a record-breaking 22 game winning streak along the way, so fascinating is the rise of infielder Jose Ramirez.

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