After a week highlighted by the complete domination of the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees received a wake-up call from the Cleveland Indians.
- New York Yankees 5 (81-42)
- Cleveland Indians 19 (73-49)
- AL, Final, Box Score
- Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Coming off a week in which everything went swimmingly for the New York Yankees, a blowout loss to the Cleveland Indians didn’t seem to be in the realm of possibility.
Well, that’s exactly what happened. The Yankees lost game one of a four-game set with the Indians by the score of 19-5.
Just a few hours after Brian Cashman said using an opener in the postseason might be an option, Chad Green was shelled for five earned runs in .1 innings. To this point, Green thrived in that role. The combination of he and Nestor Cortes Jr. has been a huge recipe for success with the Yankees injury troubles this year. This is the first major failure Green has suffered working as the opener.
However, the Indians offense didn’t stop with Green. They hung four runs over 2.2 innings off newly returned Jonathan Loaisiga. Chance Adams followed Loaisiga, and the Indians put up another five runs over 3.1 innings.
Eventually, Mike Ford came on to pitch for the first time since college. Obviously, that went exactly as expected. He gave up five more runs to make it a 19-5 game.
The game was completely out of hand from the jump. The Yankees offense never had a real chance to swing back into it.
Regardless, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres all hit solo homers.
Gary Sanchez is out there kraken home runs, too. He hasn’t given up, either! https://t.co/7Ly56fWRnY
— Chris Dixon (@cdixon25) August 16, 2019
Gleyber Torres homers (27) on a fly ball to right off Phil Maton
Exit Velocity 94 MPH
Distance 345 FT
Launch Angle 34.9#RallyTogether vs #PinstripePride pic.twitter.com/lyr1C4YlBe
— Strand Sport Stats (@StrandStats) August 16, 2019
And of course, Gio Urshela put forth another multi-hit game in the losing effort.
Savage of the Game - The fans
This was one of those games that was over the minute it started. Nobody at the stadium could have realistically believed that the Yankees would come back. Even so, they stayed all night anyway and as such, they are the savages tonight.