This was a terrible game, and the Yankees never really stood a chance. Chad Green made his third start with the Yankees, and if he was auditioning to stay in the rotation then he might have ruined his chances tonight. Not only did the Indians knock around the Yankee pitchers, but the Yankees’ offense struggled to get anything going against Corey Kluber. On the plus side, they still have a chance to win the series.
Green threw just three pitches before he got into trouble in the bottom of the first inning. He surrendered a lead-off home run to Carlos Santana, and Jason Kipnis followed by hitting a homer to right. After walking Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall launched a two-run shot to right field to give the Indians a 4-0 lead. Green made it through the second inning without giving up a run, but he walked Lindor again in the third inning before Mike Napoli absolutely crushed a two-run blast to deep center. It almost hit the Indians’ scoreboard.
After pitching a clean fourth inning, Green started the fifth inning by striking out Santana. Next he gave up a single to Napoli, then Green was lifted in favor of Richard Bleier. Green ended his night having surrendered four home runs, and also struck out six and walked two. With one out, Lindor hit a deep double, and Napoli singled to make it 8-0. Bleier gave up another run in the sixth inning, then Anthony Swarzak gave up a solo homer to Kipnis in the seventh. Chasen Shreve closed out the game and ended up being the only Yankee pitcher who didn’t give up a run tonight.
There is not a lot to say about the Yankees’ offense. Through eight innings, the only Yankee run was a home run off the bat of Brian McCann. The Yankees love a ninth inning rally, so naturally they tacked on another run in the ninth after Carlos Beltran and McCann hit back-to-back doubles. Didi Gregorius also doubled in this game, but he was left stranded in the fifth after Chase Headley struck out and Rob Refsnyder grounded out.
It was a nice night for McCann, who fell a triple short of the cycle. Gregorius ended the night with two hits, and Brett Gardner also had a hit. Otherwise, the Yankees were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, and didn’t work a single walk all night.
Tomorrow CC Sabathia will take the mound against Danny Salazar. The game starts at 4:10 EST and you can catch it on FS1.