The Yankees live to fight another day.
New York took advantage of Indians starter Trevor Bauer en route to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians is Game 4 of the ALDS. The Yankees win pushes the best-of-five series to a winner-take-all contest in Cleveland on Wednesday.
The Yankees offensive explosion began in the second inning, as veteran third baseman Todd Frazier lined a double down the left field line with two outs to score Starlin Castro for the first run of the game.Frazier then came home on a single from Aaron Hicks. Two batters and a stolen base later, right fielder Aaron Judge delivered his first hit of the series, a two-out, two-run double to put the Yankees up 4-0. All four runs were unearned as a passed ball by catcher Roberto Perez gave the Yanks extra life in the frame.
The big lead would provide the cushion that Luis Severino needed to hold the high-powered Indians at bay. Rebounding from his worst career start, Severino struck out nine batters over seven strong innings earning the first postseason win of his career.
The Indians couldn’t seem to get out of their own way, committing four errors, two of which came from third baseman Giovanny Urshela. The second cost the Indians a run due to his hesitance on Brett Gardner’s grounder with the bases loaded in the third inning, making the score 5-0.
Frazier would provide the Yankees with more run support in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring on a sacrifice fly from Brett Gardner to make the score 6-3. Then later in the sixth inning, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez blasted a solo homer to pad the lead out to 7-3.
The offense for the Indians came via the long ball. Carlos Santana hit a 2-run shot in the 4th inning, and Perez hit an opposite field solo blast in the fifth. But it clearly wasn’t enough to match the Yankees firepower at the plate.
The winner of Game 5 will move on to face the Houston Astros, who defeated the Boston Red Sox in four games on the other side of the American League playoff bracket.
The Yankees will likely send C.C. Sabathia to the mound versus Indians star pitcher Corey Kluber, a rematch from Game 2 of this series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m.