The View from Pluto: Francona Vindicated As Indians Blank Yankees

The View from Pluto: Francona Vindicated As Indians Blank Yankees

However, it was called by the plate umpire as a hit-by-pitch and they are reviewable.

If he were dropped from the roster now, he would be ineligible for the American League Championship Series should the Indians advance.

In the eighth, a home run by Jay Bruce tied the score and Yan Gomes hit a single during the 13 inning knocking in the winning run for the Indians, giving them a 2-0 lead in the series.

Bauer struck out Judge three times, twice getting the MVP candidate looking.

Leadoff man Francisco Lindor led off with a grounder to third that Todd Frazier misplayed for an error. "We were just trying to win a game".

The Yankees again dealt with shortcomings on the mound. And Kluber, who barely gave opponents a sniff while seizing the Cy Young Award from Chris Sale's grip in September, looked out of sorts from the first inning.

With the Yankees trying to avoid getting swept out of the playoffs at home, Girardi was asked if he was anxious that his Game 2 performance could cost him his job. "It's still the same baseball", Carrasco said.

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Joe Girardi failed to challenge the call leading the Indians to load the bases. He missed last year's playoffs after breaking a finger on a comebacker in September.

On Thursday night, he carved up the Yankees. Relievers Chad Green and David Robertson were likely available to Girardi for an inning, though he wasn't sure about Dellin Betances's status. Gardner led off with a good at-bat, eventually flying to left. After the game, Girardi said he didn't want to mess up his pitcher's rhythm with a two-minute challenge. "That type of strike zone helped him out". "And it may not always agree with the person that is either being fired or however it goes, but I think that's Hal's and Brian's decision and whatever their decision is, I'll live with".

"We don't just believe in one guy", Indians skipper Terry Francona said. "It's hard. It's a hard day for me", the Yankees manager said. "Kluber is clearly the best pitcher in the American League".

Though they will be in the most hostile of territories when the American League Division Series reconvenes tonight in NY for Game 3, the Indians will be in the most enviable of situations. Carrasco went 5 2/3 innings, scattering three hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Bruce connected for a two-run homer in the fourth off Sonny Gray and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Indians began a journey to try and end the majors' longest Series title drought. I think it would be fun to be in different positions in the game, " Girardi said. "He stepped up for the Indians. Just go over there and play good baseball". But with an arm like that, if you run out of patience too quickly, he's going to be doing this for another team.

Suffice to say, I was about as deflated as a Tom Brady Super Bowl football.