The Yankees managed just three hits off Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians bullpen in Thursday's 4-0 loss in Game 1 of the ALDS at Progressive Field.
New York, which advanced to the ALDS after scoring eight runs and recording nine hits in Tuesday's wild-card game against the Minnesota Twins, didn't record a hit until the sixth inning when Aaron Hicks hit a one-out double to left field off Bauer.
"Three hits is not going to do it," Todd Frazier said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "There's no chance you're going to win a game like that."
The Yankees' 1-4 batters -- Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius -- combined to go 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts.
Their biggest threat came in the eighth inning when Andrew Miller issued two walks, but Judge struck out for the fourth time in the game when he chased a Cody Allen curveball to leave both runners stranded.
"We've got to step up offensively," Frazier said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.
Bauer, who went 10-1 with a 2.16 ERA in his last 14 games (13 starts) in the regular season, struck out eight batters in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He only allowed two batters to reach base through the first five innings on a walk in the second inning and a wild pitch strikeout to Judge in the fourth. Bauer got the next batter, Sanchez, to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.
"Bauer really did a good job of commanding the strike zone today," Gardner said, according to Boland. "He didn't seem to be missing a whole lot. Just a tough night for us offensively."
The Yankees face Indians ace Corey Kluber, who went 18-4 with an American League-best 2.25 ERA in the regular season, in Game 2 on Friday at 5 p.m. The last two times the Yankees faced Kluber, they managed just three runs and six hits in 17 innings.
"We've seen him before," Gardner said, according to Mazzeo. "The last time we faced him he obviously had his way with us. He's one of the best -- if not the best pitcher in the league -- and over the course of the series we're going to have to face him sometime, so we just need to come out and have better at-bats and get a little bit going."