CLEVELAND — What most thought was going to be an intense pitcher’s duel turned out to be an offensive showcase, as the Yankees took the series opener against the Cleveland Indians, 7-4, at Progressive Field.
Brett Gardner had two home runs to lead the charge for New York. Didi Gregorius also homered off of Corey Kluber, as he continued to hit last year’s Cy Young winner well, after his performance at last year’s ALDS.
That Gardy grit putting in the work. pic.twitter.com/g71wfgGkHz
Luis Severino did not have his best stuff today, as he gave four runs in just five innings of work.
Though Ramirez tied the game at four with a home run in the fifth, his 28th of the year, the Yankees would get the final blows.
In the eighth, with Gregorius running from first base, Aaron Hicks lined a 405 foot double to straightaway center field to drive in the go-ahead run.
YA DONE GOOD, A-A-RON!
Hicks then stole third, before being driven in by a Greg Bird sacrifice fly to double the lead.
Gardner then added the final nail in the Indians’ coffin with a homer off the foul pole in the ninth.
Current Yankees Record: 61-31