The Yankees scored six runs off four Cleveland Indians errors, while Luis Severino struck out nine batters in seven strong innings as New York forced a Game 5 with a 7-3 win in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more
The Yankees scored four runs in the second inning after Starlin Castro reached when his line drive deflected off Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela's leg.
With two outs, Todd Frazier drove in Castro with an RBI double off Trevor Bauer and later scored on Aaron Hicks' RBI single to right center. Two batters later, Aaron Judge recorded a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 4-0.
Urshela made a throwing error in the bottom of the third inning when his throw of Brett Gardner's bases-loaded grounder sailed high and pulled Carlos Santana off the bag and gave New York a 5-0 lead.
Severino (1-0), who lasted 1/3 of an inning in last week's wild-card game, rebounded by giving up three runs and four hits in seven innings, as the Yankees forced a Game 5 on Wednesday.
Tommy Kahnle struck out five of the six batters he faced, entering the game after Dellin Betances walked the first two batters in the top of the eighth inning.
Severino retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced before giving up a two-run, two-out home run to Santana in the fourth inning that made it 5-2 and a solo home run to Roberto Perez in the top of the fifth that made it 5-3.
The Yankees answered with an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning. Frazier reached on Danny Salazar's throwing error, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on Gardner's shallow sac fly. Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning off Bryan Shaw.
Bauer (1-1), who threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 last Thursday, allowed four unearned runs, four hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.
Severino completely redeemed himself, the Yankees came out with a better approach against Bauer and the team received a spectacular performance from Kahnle, helping push this series to a winner-take-all Game 5 in Cleveland.
Severino came out firing, and despite allowing a couple of home runs, he got progressively stronger as the game went on. Severino was still throwing 100-mph pellets well after he surpassed the 100-pitch mark. After the wild-card game meltdown, Severino learned from his mistakes and threw like the pitcher that will receive some Cy Young Award consideration.
Bauer's curveball was not as magnificent as Game 1, but he did have an electric fastball, hitting 98 on occasion. The Yankees were certainly more cognizant of the curveball, with some batters successfully pouncing on it, but others were ready for the fastball left over the plate (including Judge's two-run double) and made Bauer pay on them. With a couple of errors mixed in, the Yankees rocked Bauer for four runs in fewer than two innings of work.
Kahnle was magnificent, putting out a fire set by Betances, with two runners on and no one out in the eighth inning by retiring three straight batters, including two by strikeout. Kahnle capped off the night by striking out the side in the ninth.
The Yankees and Indians will play Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Progressive Field. The winner of the game will face the Houston Astros in the ALCS, which begins Friday.
CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA) will face Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25 ERA) in a rematch of Game 2. Sabathia allowed four runs (two earned), three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings last Friday, while Kluber gave up six runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.