They dominated the third inning with Starlin Castro kicking off an offensive onslaught, hitting a single to right field scoring Sanchez thus tying the game at 3. If you win that one, you can get back to Sale in Game 5, and you'll take your chances with him. It was the first time the rookie slugger had robbed an opponent of a home run and the first time Lindor had ever been so denied, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Bauer set a new single-game personal playoff best with eight strikeouts, and allowed just two hits and one walk over 6.2 innings of work on the way to his first playoff win.
And then, their manager, Mr. Preparation himself, Joe Girardi, ruined it all, looking like the most ill-prepared person in the stadium, losing a game that will be remembered for a long time because of his mistakes. Kluber started struggling with his pitch location and the runs started flying. In this circumstance, for example, your responsibility was to keep the Indians from benefiting from a phantom call in order to load the bases in the sixth inning of a goddamn playoff game. It should have been strike three to end the inning.
And when Robertson took the mound to open the top of the eighth, the Yankees had just taken the lead thanks to Greg Bird's monstrous home run off of ex-Yankee Andrew Miller that finally broke a scoreless tie.
"He's kind of seen it all and done it all", Francona said on October 6 before the Indians beat the Yankees, 9-8, in 13 innings.
If you're a fan of the Yankees, you might as well consider it cursed black voodoo, as the old memories of Sandy Alomar and the midges of years past came back to haunt them once again. He wants to put the Yankees away and not give them a sliver of hope.
Joe Girardi says he and closer Aroldis Chapman straightened everything out. But even though Chisenhall didn't show any indication the ball had hit him, he was given first base on a hit by pitch ruling. Replays confirmed the ball had nicked the bat and should have been called a foul-tip strike three.
Chapman, who apologized to his manager Saturday after accidentally "liking" an Instagram post that called Girardi "a complete imbecile", did his talking with a fastball that twice reached 104 miles per hour as the Yankees staved off elimination. The deficit was lowered to one run and the fans were right back in the game.
While both the Astros and the Indians had the home-field advantage, the data suggests this doesn't make much difference compared to the "first-win advantage". "I think it's going to be the same game, the same guys". The Indians haven't announced their starter yet.
That night, the bullpen bailed out a terribly ineffective Luis Severino, who retired just one batter.
Nothing could go wrong for the Cleveland Indians last night.