A pair of aces battled it out in the Bronx. Two of the American League’s best in Luis Severino and Corey Kluber were on their game, making hits and runs hard to come by.
- New York Yankees: 2 (70-60)
- Cleveland Indians: 6 (74-56)
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The Tribe belted four home runs and got an outstanding start from Corey Kluber to defeat Luis Severino and the New York Yankees. Jose Ramirez led the charge, crushing two of the four home runs and making numerous impressive defensive plays in the process.
After a quick two outs from Severino to start the ballgame, Jose Ramirez took a 98 MPH fastball over the right-center field wall to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead. Kluber responded with two perfect innings, collecting three strikeouts.
Chase Headley led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to right field to tie the game at one. Headley had previously been 0-11 against Corey Kluber before his blast.
Chase Headley ties it up for the #Yankees 1-1, taking Corey Kluber over the right field fence in the 3rd! #YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/CkCZGfU16g
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 29, 2017
Headley’s home run was the first run allowed by Indians’ pitchers over the last 30 innings. They had previously thrown three straight shutouts.
Jose Ramirez reached on a one-out walk in the top of the fourth inning. He swiped second base, and on slider in the dirt, attempted to take third. But Gary Sanchez continued to show off his amazing arm by gunning Ramirez down while falling over, potentially saving a run.
Gary Sanchez is a magician. #Yankees pic.twitter.com/JH0W5wfAtS
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) August 28, 2017
Back-to-back hits with two outs in the bottom of the fifth gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury continued his hot hitting by drilling a double to left field and Todd Frazier singled him home. Frazier broke a 0-16 slump with that base hit.
The Indians answered right back in the top of the sixth. Jose Ramirez hit his second home run of the night into the second deck in right field to tie the game at two.
Another one!@MrLapara's second homer of the game ties it, 2-2. pic.twitter.com/YbPyRvgI5F
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 29, 2017
Carlos Santana reclaimed the lead for the Tribe with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. Santana mimicked Ramirez, and took a changeup into the second deck in right field. Severino would be pulled with two outs in the seventh.
A few defensive miscues allowed Cleveland to plate their second run of the seventh, and fourth of the night. Starlin Castro was unable to handle a throw from Gary Sanchez, allowing Bradley Zimmer to go from first to third. The next pitch was a slider from Adam Warren that got away from Sanchez, allowing Zimmer to score easily.
Former Yankees farmhand Austin Jackson added another solo home run in the eight to extend the lead 5-2. The Indians would tack on one more in the ninth thanks to a Bradley Zimmer double.
Corey Kluber went eight strong for the Indians, allowing only three hits and two runs while striking out seven. Luis Severino tossed 6.2 solid innings, allowing three earned runs and racking up nine strikeouts.
Keep your head up, kid:
Severino allowed three home runs for the first time this season and the second time in his young career. His three walks in one inning are also a first for his 2017 season. After his disastrous start against the Red Sox on Aug. 12, he has thrown 19.2 innings, allowing only 14 hits and four earned runs while striking out 26.
Different Aaron in right:
Aaron Hicks took over duties in right field and will be there for a couple of games. Manager Joe Girardi is giving Aaron Judge a couple of games off in hopes that he can clear his head and break out of his dreadful slump. Despite a different last name, Hicks looked very Judge-like, going 0-3 with two strikeouts and a walk while filling in.
Jaime Garcia will take on Trevor Bauer Tuesday night at 7:05pm in the Bronx. Garcia is seeking his first win as a Yankee in his fifth start.
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