It’s pretty, pretty remarkable, but this team keeps on winning. After a brief fan freak-out when the team was .500 through their first 18 games, they have since won 14 out of their last 15 games. The key to this game was really Sonny Gray, who definitely put more life into the Austin Romine personal catcher narrative by allowing just two earned runs over six innings while striking out seven and walking just two.
This game could have gone quite different. Through the first four innings, Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer had a perfect game, and Gray himself was matching him to an extent, but showed cracks in the armor when he loaded the bases in the third but got a Jason Kipnis strikeout and a Jose Ramirez flyout to wriggle out of it.
His first earned run wasn’t something he could get out of, though, as a decently placed fastball in the top of the fifth against Francisco Lindor ended up in the right field seats. Luckily for the Yankees, Bauer completely lost his command in the bottom half of the inning.
He walked both Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar, and then Gleyber Torres broke up the no-hitter with a single to center field to load the bases. Bauer walked Romine of all batters to bring in the tying run, and then Ronald Torreyes brought in another on a tailor-made double play ball that Lindor bobbled (error one) and then threw behind Ramirez (error two) to bring Torres home as the third run. Gardner hit a sac fly to make it 4-1, and it was a close call, because Torreyes was most certainly out on the tag-up to third, except Terry Francona did not challenge the play in time to possibly reverse the run scored.
The Indians were able to scrape across one more in the sixth to bring the deficit to two on a Ramirez double and an Edwin Encarnacion single, but Gray’s exit ushered in Chad Green, who looked as good as ever. He shut down the Indians in both the seventh and eighth, going six-up-and-six-down and striking out four.
The Yankees put the game further out of reach in the seventh when Romine hit a double to right-center field, a play where Bradley Zimmer had to come out for a possible head injury. We’re hoping he ends up alright. Brett Gardner followed that up with a two-out double to make the score 5-2, and they were set up for the ninth. David Robertson came in after a disastrous game last night, and even though he allowed a double to Encarnacion, he struck out Michael Brantley, Yonder Alonso, and forced a weak Tyler Naquin groundout to seal the deal.
The final game of the series is 1 PM EST tomorrow, and they will look to bring out the broom before facing Boston on Tuesday. You can catch the game on MLB Network (out-of-market) or YES, or on the airwaves on WFAN.