Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Severino, Judge help Yanks top Indians to force Game 5

Severino, Judge help Yanks top Indians to force Game 5

You hate the thought of the season ending this way. a huge Yankee win in downtown Cleveland at Progressive Field.

Justin Verlander, who after his 40-pitch relief outing Monday is likeliest to pitch Saturday's Game 2, didn't face the Yankees in the regular season and was hit around in two of his four starts against the Indians this year while a member of the Detroit Tigers.

Bauer managed only five outs after tossing two-hit ball with eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings during a 4-0 win in the series opener last Thursday. We're going to test him running.

"We've seen him extremely sharp and I think we caught him on a night that he wasn't sharp", Girardi said.

Verlander, who was acquired for the playoff run after spending his first 13 seasons in Detroit, gave up the go-ahead homer to Andrew Benintendi - the first batter he faced - before shutting Boston down for the next 2 2/3 innings. "We wanted Kluber if we got to this game, and we've got this game".

Minus injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the Indians have scored three runs in two games since.

The Indians' bats have gone cold in their four Division Series games - they're batting a combined.173/.275/.316 - on the heels of their best offensive month of the regular season (.280/.353/.490). He matched a season high by striking out nine and allowed only an unearned run against them on May 11 at Yankee Stadium.

"There's a lot of confidence in that room", Girardi said. They won five of seven games against NY and lost five of their six games against Cleveland.

Then the Tribe was bad in Monday's 7-3 loss. "When I get a chance to turn my mind off, I try to, because I reflected a lot, probably, in the last six or seven days". Jason Kipnis has struggled mightily as well (4 of 18). He's 15-2 with a 1.62 ERA since June 1 and hasn't had consecutive poor starts all season. And we know we're facing a good team and we know we're facing a tough pitcher.

Encarnacion has missed the last two games of the series, both Cleveland losses, after landing awkwardly while retreating to second base on a line-drive double play in Game 2.

As the Astros wait to learn their opponent for the franchise's first American League Championship Series, it's natural to consider which of the Cleveland Indians or New York Yankees would serve as the more favorable matchup for the AL West champs. "We got to this game".

The former AL MVP and Cy Young victor earned the victory in his first relief appearance after 424 starts in a major and minor league career.

"It's not always going to be 72 and sunny", Francona said.

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