The Yankees could only string together three hits and former Met Jay Bruce drove in three runs to lead the Indians to a 4-0 shutout win on Thursday in game one of the ALDS. >> Read more
Indians starter Trevor Bauer tossed six and 2/3 shutout innings to set the tone for Cleveland. Bruce backed him up two extra-base hits, including a key two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. He capped off the Indians' offensive charge with a sacrifice fly off Adam Warren in the fifth.
Sonny Gray allowed three runs, but walked four batters, hit another, and lasted just three and 1/3 innings in another short outing for Yankees' starters in the postseason.
Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks were the only Yankees to record hits, and the top four batters in New York's lineup went hitless. Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, while Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Todd Frazier, and Aaron Hicks each struck out twice.
The keys for the Yankees to win this game sat with Gray holding down the Indians and knocking Bauer out of the game early. The Yanks failed miserably at both ends.
Gray was erratic, just as he finished out the regular season, walking four batters and hitting another. Gray got behind batter after batter and his one mistake was taken over the right field fence. Gray was expected to hold the Indians down, but also provide some length. He couldn't handle the job.
Meanwhile, the Yankees offense had no answer for Trevor Bauer, grabbing just two hits off him. Bauer's curveball was exceptional and hr never got into any trouble with the Yankees batters.
The Yankees did receive some good out of this game as Dellin Betances struck out the three batters he faced. Betances struggled through September, so his sharpness tonight could bode well for the Yankees if they are able to get a lead in this series.
The Yankees will have to try to steal Game 2 with their 2017 stopper, CC Sabathia on the mound. The problem, the Yankees will face Corey Kluber, one of the favorites to win the Cy Young Award.
The Yankees and Indians will play game two of their five-game series on Friday at 5:08 p.m. ET.