Can you feel it? This team has some serious 2009 vibes to it. After a roller coaster ride of a game, the Yankees completed a sweep of the Indians. This one had it all: no-hitter attempts, bullpen meltdowns, and improbable comebacks. It all added up to the Bombers topping Cleveland in walk-off fashion, 7 - 4.
What can you say about Domingo German? He pitched the game of his life on Sunday. The 25-year-old threw six no-hit innings against one of the American League’s super-teams, striking out nine in the process. He was simply masterful.
German kept the Indians batters silent with a mix of electric pitches. He used his off-speed pitches especially well. The right-hander picked Cleveland’s lineup apart with curveball after curveball. His changeup had a nasty bite to it, too. Most impressive, however, was how he located the pitches with precision.
He only allowed two baserunners, a pair of walks to Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. In both instances, he settled down to escape without allowing a hit. Credit goes to Gleyber Torres for an assist in the fifth inning. The second baseman robbed Tyler Naquin of a two-out hit with a stellar play on a tough groundball.
German came out of the game following the sixth inning due to pitch count. He did it all on 84 pitches. Prior to the game, Aaron Boone said he thought German could go 75-80 pitches. He gave the Yankees everything they could have asked for and then some. Welcome to the rotation, kid. Way to make a great first impression!
Dellin Betances took over in the seventh inning and continued the no-hitter. Good Dellin showed up, registering strikeouts of Ramirez and Michael Brantley before inducing an Encarnacion groundout. Gregorius made a real tough play to get Encarnacion out at first.
Unfortunately, Bad Dellin showed up in the eighth. Yonder Alonso broke up the no-hitter with a single to start the inning. That prompted Rajai Davis to come in as a pinch-runner. Two more singles and aggressive baserunning by Davis resulted in a 1 - 0 lead for the Indians.
Boone removed Betances and called upon Jonathan Holder to clean up the mess. The right-hander couldn’t get the job done, allowing another three runs to score. That inning featured plenty of hard contact and a Gary Sanchez passed ball. The Yankees went from throwing a no-hitter to losing 4 - 0. What an awful turn of events.
More bad news, the Bombers had no answer for Mike Clevinger. He stifled the Yankees lineup through 7.1 innings, allowing only one hit. Aaron Hicks singled up the middle to lead off the fifth, and that’s all. The Yankees drew a few walks and Gregorius reached second on an error, but the offense proved lifeless against him all game.
Things got interesting in the eighth, though. Neil Walker and Tyler Austin each worked walks. That brought Cody Allen into the game with one out to face Torres. The rookie fought hard against Cleveland’s closer, but flew out to center field. Brett Gardner followed with a RBI single to put the Yankees on the board. Then Aaron Judge made it a one-run game with a RBI double. Allen fell behind Gregorius 2-0 before the Indians decided to intentionally walk the Yankees shortstop. Sanchez came up and battled but ultimately flew out to end the inning.
Following a 1-2-3 inning for Chasen Shreve, the Indians went back to Allen in the bottom of the ninth. That move backfired on them, as a pair of doubles off the bats of Hicks and Walker tied the game. Terry Francona went to the bullpen, summoning Dan Otero to face Miguel Andujar. Unfortunately he quickly grounded out, leaving the runner at second.
Gianarlo Stanton came on to pinch hit for Austin but was intentionally walked. The good news is that brought up Torres, who battled before turning on a sinker for a three-run homer. Gleyber made the round trip before his teammates met him with a Gatorade shower. The Yankees walked it off, winning 7 - 4.
The Yankees have a day off tomorrow, before a showdown with the Red Sox begins on Tuesday. It will be Drew Pomeranz against Luis Severino. In the meantime, happy Gleyber Day!