They beat the New York Yankees 4-0 in game one of the American League Division Series. But in the postseason, to get the third out of the inning to escape a jam? He did get two at bats in the last two games of the season, but those came as a pinch hitter and designated hitter.
Indians pitchers combined to allow three hits in the game. "No words, honestly. I'm speechless".
Oh, hey, the game is tied 3-3 in the first inning. Carlos Carrasco is set to start for the Indians against Masahiro Tanaka.
Here's hoping that lefty CC Sabathia can stop the bleeding from this bad performance tomorrow so that the Yankees can turn the series around for the better. The Indians had just taken the lead and it would've been crushing to let NY right back into the ball game.
Francona said the hope is for Brantley's role to expand if the Indians advance.
In 13 appearances from then on-12 of them starts-Bauer would record 85 strikeouts and just 19 walks over 78 innings.
Were the Yankees screwed on this play? Bauer, who gets the start over Cy Young candidate Kluber so that Kluber can come back on regular rest in a potential Game 5 or Game 1 of the ALCS, went 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA in five games (four starts) during the 2016 postseason. The Indians swooped in and stole Bruce, and he now helped them steal Game 1.
New York Yankees' Joba Chamberlain was harassed by the bugs while he was stationed at the pitcher's mound.
Green would throw a solid two innings before giving David Robertson the ball with one out in the third with bases loaded.
Instead, plate umpire Dan Iassogna awarded Chisenhall first base on a hit-by-pitch. But Yankees fans should have take a healthy dose of reality into tonight's game.
"In hindsight, yes, I could, " Girardi said of challenging immediately without benefit of an accurate replay. Aaron Judge drifted back and against the right-field wall, but it sailed a few rows into the stands. The four wild card starting pitchers combined for just 7.1 innings while allowing 20 hits and 15 earned runs.
When Lindor reached the plate, he wrapped his arms around Jason Kipnis, waiting in the batter's box. All he's done this year is go 18-4 with league-leading 2.25 ERA and 0.869 WHIP. The Yankees could not complete a deal for Bruce, and the Indians did.
Greg Bird's two-run homer in the fifth off Mike Clevinger made it 8-3 and seemed to have the Yanks well situated after Sabathia departed with one out in the sixth.
Kluber wasn't himself. Not even close.
Girardi got a bad Judge, too-not the one who lit up the early season and September, but the guy who struck out so many times in the lean summer months. Kluber won his in 2014, with Sabathia taking the honors in 2007, his last full season in Cleveland.
This was a shocker to the Indians, who started Trevor Bauer in the opener so they could bring back Kluber in Game 2 and then use him again if the series goes five games.