After a hard fought Yankee victory last night in Progressive Field, Cleveland baseball cranked up the volume tonight worthy of the city’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Yankees struggled to get in scoring position all night. Before a sold-out crowd of 34,045, the game looked more like practice for this weekend’s Home Run Derby when, much to the Yankee fans frustration, the Indians powered their way to the lead early.
After an impressive outing last weekend in San Diego, Chad Green was called upon to start tonight but couldn’t get past the Indians bats, giving up a walk and 3 homers (that became 4 runs scored) in the first inning alone — 2 consecutive solo shots to lead-off the inning, a walk, and a 2-out 2-run home run. He seemed to regain command of his pitches in the second inning, but gave up another home run in the third inning — another 2-run home run after a walk. Green pitched just 4 1/3 innings giving up 5 hits, 7 runs (including 4 home runs), a walk, and struck out 6 batters before he was replaced by Richard Bleier in the sixth.
Green gave up a 1-out single before heading to the dugout. That runner scored under Bleier as he gave up an RBI double and then an RBI single to kick off his outing before switching gears and getting a couple of outs to get out of the inning. In the sixth, Bleier gave up a lead-off double who moved to 3rd on a ground out and then scored on another ground out.
Anthony Swarzak took over for Bleier in the seventh but gave up another homer, a lead-off solo shot before it felt like the game shifted and the Yankee relievers seemed to find the right pitches to throw. In that same way, Chasen Shreve may have been the sharpest pitcher of the evening as he took over the mound in the eighth and, with three up and three down, stopped the Indians from scoring further.
Cleveland’s starter shut out the Yankees rather effectively until a seventh inning when a home run finally put the Yankees on the board. Hits by Gardner, McCann, and Gregorius in the first five innings failed to tally any runs for New York. It was Brian McCann’s home run over the left field fence in the seventh finally gave the Yankees a much-needed run so as not to be completely shutout of tonight’s game. Cleveland’s starter pitched through eight innings with some rather impressive stats — the Yankees got just 5 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run, off their starter, and struck out 8 times.
The Indians sent up another reliever to close out the game in the ninth, and the Yankees dinged into him a little. Beltran’s 1-out double to left put him in scoring position, so that McCann’s double on a hard line drive to left scored Beltran for the Yankees’ second and final run of the evening. Generally, the Yankees bats were mostly silent tonight.
Final score: 10-2 Indians
2016 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote Results: Congratulations to Brandon Belt (Giants, 1st base) and Michael Saunders (Blue Jays, left field) for their place on the 2016 All-Star team. All the festivities from San Diego begin Sunday with the Futures Game (starring some key, up-and-coming Yankees) and the Celebrity Softball Game. Monday is the official warm-up day, capped off by the Home Run Derby. And Tuesday is the player parade (and Red Carpet Show), and of course the All-Star Game. Watch Beltran, Miller, and Betances represent the Yankees.