After a whole ten runs last night, the Yankees' offense decided to take us back to what we're used to today. Brandon McCarthy was good, holding the Indians to just two runs, it's just that the lineup couldn't do anything to help him. The Yankees managed just five hits and no runs as the Indians won 3-0.
The Indians opened the game's scoring in the top of the second. With two outs, Lonnie Chisenhall kept the inning alive with a single. That brought Jose Ramirez to the plate. Ramirez hit a home run just over the short porch in right, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead.
It took the Yankees until the fourth inning to pick up their first hit. While McCarthy had done a good job in limiting the damage to just the second inning, the Yankeees' offense couldn't do anything to pick him up. In the sixth, the Yankees had a good chance to get on the board when Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury led off with two-straight singles. But Corey Kluber came back and struck out the side leaving the Yankees scoreless still.
After allowing a pair of singles in the top of the seventh, McCarthy's day would come to an end. He went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out eight. Other than the pitch that Ramirez hit the homer on, it was another nice outing for McCarthy. Rich Hill came in and allowed a single to Chris Dickerson to load the bases. Hill then got Jason Kipnis to ground one to first. Chase Headley threw to home to get the force and keep the run from scoring. After that, Girardi went back to the bullpen and brought in Chase Whitley to face Mike Aviles. Whitley got the strikeout to escape the jam.
After coming close in the seventh, the Indians got their insurance run in the eighth. Michael Brantley led off the inning with a home run off the foul pole in right to make in 3-0.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees again stranded two runners, because why not.
After a scoreless inning by Whitley, the Yankees would face Cody Allen in the bottom of the ninth. Stephen Drew, Martin Prado and Ichiro Suzuki would go down in order as a cherry a top the scoreless sundae. The Indians came away with an easy 3-0 win.
The Yankees and Indians will finish up their series tomorrow at 1:05 eastern. Hiroki Kuroda and Carlos Carrasco will be the starters.