Aaron Judge broke a tone-setting, Shane Bieber’s two-run homer on the fourth pitch, Gerrit Cole scored 13 and the New York Yankees opened the AL playoffs with a stunning 12–3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night .
Just a short distance from where the Trump-Biden presidential debate was held, the Yankees made a statement about Bieber, baseball’s best pitcher in a condensed regular season, but made an average debut in his playoffs. having had.
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The judge and the rest of New Yorkers did not face Bieber in 2020, but were well prepared and made some soulful cuts against the 25-year-old ace, who gave a season-high in runs (seven) and hits (nine). 4 2 / More than 3 innings – his shortest stint against the Yankees since 9 June.
The three-day series continues on Wednesday night, with Carlos Carrasco trying to save Cleveland’s season against Malehiro Tanaka.
When Bieber’s final pitch was loudly hit by a bleacher of a left field blank on a two-run homer by Glibber Torres in the fifth, the Yankees were up 7-2 and gave a boisterous messenger message for the rest of baseball: vote Forget us
Bieber then handed the ball to Abhinay Bharti’s manager Sandy Alomar Jr. and walked slowly toward Cleveland’s dugout, taking all the city’s hopes for a long time. The Indians have lost seven straight playoff games.
With an early lead over the judge’s homer, Cole showed why the Yanks spent $ 324 million in offshins for him. The right-hander gave away two runs – including Josh Naylor’s homer in the fourth and six hits in seven innings.
Naylor scored 4 for 4 and became the first player in his post debut with three extra base hits.
Colson’s strikeouts were second only to New York’s box. Roger Clemens fanned 15 in Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS.
Brett Gardner added a two-run homer in the seventh for the Yankees and Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo shot in the ninth.
The judge’s first homer after coming out of the injured list on 16 September – and the first time allowed at home this season by Bieber – gave the Yankees a 2–0 lead.
DJ Lemahieu, AL batting champion, led off with the first single from the judge, who missed 29 games with a strained calf, Bieber’s first pitch, a mid-plate fastball, exploded beyond the wall at right-center.
It was just shot in the arm, leading the Yankees 11-18 this season and dropping six of the eight due to a stretch.
Luke Voyt’s RBI double in the third made it 3–0.
Jose Ramirez drew the Indians twice with an RBI double to make it 3–1, his 12th straight hit for extra bases. However, Cole eliminated Cleveland’s third-inning threat with Carlos Santana in second and third-place runners.
Unlike the previous four postseiden matchups between the Indians and Yankees since 1997, this one, played amid a global epidemic that threatened to end the entire season, was different in many ways.
Due to the debate on the campus near Case Western Reserve, there was barely a buzz down town, parts of which were closed. The progressive field was mostly empty and a cold front dropped the game-time temperature to 61 degrees, so that it felt like a fall.
Some of the tables were pests flying at New York reliever Joba Chamberlain in the 2007 playoffs.
This time, however, the Yankees were the cause of all the mayhem.
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MLB relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions and allowed family members of players from both teams to participate in the game.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said about half of New York’s players loved the journey, and he believes his presence could have a positive impact.
“Hopefully, this is something that provides a little getaway and a little rest after the game,” he said.
The Indians are going through the postseason without their leader.
Manager Terry Francona, who missed 46 matches in the regular season due to poor health, watched the game from a suit. President of the Indians Chris Antoinetti said Francona is recovering, but the 61-year-old is “still 100% underfunded.”
This is Francona’s eighth season with Cleveland. His contract runs until 2022.
Carrasco’s inspirational return to the postseason after suffering from leukemia last year. He will face Tanaka, who played seven century innings in Game 3 of the 2017 ALDS, as the Yankees suffered a 2–0 defeat and eliminated the Indians.