The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 9-8 in 13 innings. The Tribe mounted a six run comeback after being down 8-3 in the 5th inning. Yan Gomes knocked in the winning run with a double down the left field line.
Cleveland Indians fans have never given up on the team even when the going got tough. No one could of predicted the way the game played out last night. In Game 2 of the ALDS, the Indians were coming off of a 4-0 victory with their ace Corey Kluber on the mound.
Progressive Field was packed to the brim once again. The game got off to a bit of a messy start. Kluber gave up a two run home run in the top of the first to Gary Sanchez.
The fans went quiet, but quickly erupted again just one half inning later when Carlos Santana singled to left driving in Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez to tie the game at two.
Jason Kipnis drove in another run one inning later to make the score 3-2 Indians. The Tribe didn’t have much going after that and the Yankees took advantage. Kluber started struggling with his pitch location and the runs started flying.
Starlin Castro knocked in a single to tie the game at three in the top of the 3rd. That same inning Aaron Hicks hit a three run home run to make it 6-3.
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This would be the end of Kluber’s night as he went 2.2 innings giving up 7 hits and 6 ER.
The Indians bats stayed silent for two more innings and in the top of the 5th the Yankees struck again. Greg Bird hit a two run home run off Mike Clevinger to make the score 8-3 Yankees. Fans were stunned and the stadium fell silent once again.
Cleveland didn’t give up hope though and for a good reason. The comeback started in the bottom of the 6th inning with what media is calling a botched opportunity by Joe Girardi. Santana and Gomes were on base with Lonnie Chisenhall at bat.
A pitched inside appeared to strike Chisnehall on the hand and the umpire awarded Chisenhall his base thus loading the bases. After replays the media and Girardi believed that the ball struck off Chisenhall’s bat and not his hand. The Yankees didn’t challenge it though and the Tribe took advantage.
Lindor came to the plate and smashed a ball deep to right field off the foul post for a grand slam! The deficit was lowered to one run and the fans were right back in the game.
The Indians didn’t disappoint and the score was evened in the eighth with a home run by Jay Bruce. The Tribe had the momentum going into the ninth inning with a chance to end it but nothing amounted though and extra innings started in Cleveland.
A pitching feud started between the Indians and Yankees. The Yankees sent in their closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth and 10th hoping to silence the Tribe. Meanwhile, the Indians relied on Cody Allen to help keep the score even for the offense. After two scoreless innings the Yankees sent in Dellin Betances. The Indians then sent in starter Josh Tomlin in hopes of keeping the momentum.
Tomlin did better than good for the Tribe in a tough situation. He pitched 2 innings and gave up no hits and no ER with 3 strikeouts.
The excitement finally paid off in the bottom of the 13th inning. Austin Jackson was walked and stole second base. Gomes came to the plate and battled off nine pitches until magic number 10. Gomes hit a single down the left field line driving in Jackson completing the comeback.
The Cleveland Indians are heading into New York with a two games to zero lead in the series. Game 3 starts at 7:38PM on Sunday October 8th. The Yankees are sending Masahiro Tanaka to the mound and the Tribe will go with Carlos Carrasco.