Excellent pitching by Dominican Luis Severino and timely offense by rookie Aaron Judge and Dominican Gary Sánchez, gave the New York Yankees a 7 × 3 victory over the Cleveland Indians in their American League Division Series.
With the victory, the ‘Mules’ tied the Series at two wins, which now moves to Cleveland, where the fifth and final game will take place on Wednesday.
The Yankees came out determined not to give up and in the second inning they produced four singles runs by Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks, as well as doubles by Todd Frazier and Judge, a walk to Didi Gregorius from Curaçao and an error by the Indians.
The ´Mulos´ added another in the third due to a double by Castro, a ticket to Frazier and another error, this one by Colombian Govanny Urshela on a first shot, which allowed the Dominican to score.
In the fourth, the Indians dropped Jay Bruce two per walk and Carlos Santana’s home run against his compatriot Severino.
The Indians added another in the fifth by homer near Puerto Rican catcher Roberto Pérez down the right-field band.
Severino then forced fellow Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor in line to second.
In the fifth, the Yankees increased the score to 6-3 on a throwing error by Dominican pitcher Danny Salazar that allowed Frazier to reach second, who went to third and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Gardner.
Dominican catcher Gary Sanchez boosted the ‘Mules’ tally with a right-field home run – his second in the Series – off reliever Bryan Shaw to put his team up 7-3.
In the eighth the Indians put men on first and second with no out on two walks by a wild Dellis Betances, but his counterpart Tommy Kahnle came to the rescue and finished the inning 1-2-3 with two strikeouts.
Kahnle returned to the box in the ninth and killed the inning also 1-2-3 at conga pace with three fans and scored his first save of the Series.
The win went to Severino (1-0), who had a terrific seven-strong start, spreading four hits and three runs with nine strikeouts.
The reverse to the account of also starter Trevor Bauer (1-1), who this time did not go beyond the second inning when he supported four touchdowns.
For the next game on Wednesday in Cleveland the pitching duel will be based on the right star Corey Kluber for the ‘Tribu’ and the left-handed CC Sabathia for the ‘Mules’.
The Indians seek to reach the World Series for the second consecutive year, since in the last ´Autumn Classic´ they lost to the Chicago Cubs, while the Yankees have not reached that stage since 2009, when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies. . AFP