New York Yankees' Bats Silent in Game 1 of Double-Dip With Tribe, Fall 2-1 (Highlights)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees is caught stealing second base during the first inning by the tag from Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on August 30, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Lackluster offense from the New York Yankees leads to a loss of both this afternoon’s game and the series against the Cleveland Indians.

  • New York Yankees 1 (70-61)
  • Cleveland Indians 2 (75-56)
  • W: Trevor Bauer (14-8, 4.46 ERA) 
  • L: Jaime Garcia (5-9, 4.43 ERA)
  • AL, Final, Box Score
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

For the second straight game, the Cleveland Indians pitching staff silenced the New York Yankees bats, as Trevor Bauer and the Indians bullpen won game one of the old fashion doubleheader 2-1. New York was held to just five hits this afternoon as they never could seem to put a string of quality at bats together to push the tying run across.

Highlights

It took next to no time for the Cleveland Indians to strike against Jaime Garcia, pouncing on the lefty for two runs in the top of the first.

Fransisco Lindor started the game off with a single, stealing second and taking third on a Jose Ramirez one out single. During Yandy Diaz’s at bat; Gary Sanchez’s well-documented porous defense was once again on display as he was unable to cleanly catch a cutter from Garcia, allowing Lindor to score from third to give the Indians a one run lead.


Following the passed ball, Diaz slapped a single up the middle of the infield that scored Ramirez to extend the Tribe’s lead out to two.

Despite the Yankees having runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the second, they weren’t able to push anything across on Bauer until the bottom of the third.

Aaron Hicks worked a one out walk, advancing to second on a Sanchez ground out. the next batter Didi Gregorius roped a double into left that plated Hicks to pull the Yanks to within one at 2-1.

After that, both pitcher’s put the game on cruise control, keeping the opposition silent through the middle innings. Although there were no runs to speak of, there were a few unbelievable plays made defensively like this.

Garcia was pulled after walking Carlos Santana to begin the sixth, departing with a final line of 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 5 K. As for Bauer, he carried the lead up and through the sixth, leaving the game up to the bullpen after throwing six innings of one run baseball, allowing four hits, walks and strikeouts.

Taking over for Garcia was Chad Green, and boy did he ever take over the Indians lineup. The righty struck out the first five Indians he faced, with a total of seven out of eight outs coming via the strikeout during his remarkable relief work. In fact, Green became the first pitcher in the live ball era (1920) to strike out seven out seven batters while facing no more than eight batters in a single outing.

Cody Allen came on in the ninth to close the door on any Yankee hopes of a comeback, striking out the pinch hitter Aaron Judge to close out the victory.

What’s Next

Game two of this old fashion double dip features a battle of rookie left-handers. Jordan Montgomery (7-6, 4.00 ERA) was brought back up once the Yankees learned that yesterday’s game would be rained out. The last time JoMo faced the Indians earlier in the month, the rookie struck out seven and walked one in five innings of work on route to a much needed Yankee victory. Ryan Merritt (1-0, 1.76 ERA) takes the mound for Cleveland with just over 15 innings of work in his brief big league career, hoping to leave Yankee Stadium still without a blemish in the loss column.

Game two is set to begin about 30 minutes after the final out of game one, and can be seen on the YES Network/MLB Network(for those out of market) and can be heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.

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After losing my eyesight as a result of a brain tumor in 1996, baseball and music ushered me back to reality and led me to who I am today. I turned my love of the game and for my New York Yankees into writing for the best company in sports: Elite Sports NY. i use my Psychology & Music degree from James Madison University to articulate my thoughts in my writing and use my vocal/piano skills to professionally play music in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.