Just wait until this team starts firing on cylinders. They were four very low stress innings. Torres then sent the Yankee players out of the dugout and headed toward the plate where they mobbed him. "This organization has done a great job with the kids, and all these firsts are exciting to see, because it just brings everybody back to their first hit or home run or strikeout".
Everything changed in the fifth inning. Yonder Alonso's leadoff single against Betances in the eighth was the first hit for the scuffling Indians, who have lost seven of 10. One out later, pinch-hitter Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked, and Torres drove a full-count pitch from Dan Otero over the right-centre fence and into the Yankees' bullpen. On the other side, Clevinger has turned in three straight quality starts, including one complete game shutout in Baltimore. The Yankees were in business.
Before Chapman's wild outing, Aaron Judge drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the eighth off Ogando to give the Yankees a 6-5 lead. "A real quality at-bat against an elite reliever". I'm sure he's hitting off the fastball still there, but even a little bit fooled, his approach is the opposite way with two strikes against a guy with a good breaking ball. Heck of an at-bat by Romine.
NY is in its first 14-1 stretch since the 1998 Yankees won 114 games during the regular season and then the first of three straight World Series titles. He threw 97 pitches and 42 were four-seamers resulting in five strikeouts.
As Torres circled the bases, looking like a 10-year veteran, Chapman, whom the Yankees re-signed in free agency before last season, raised his arms in victory, something the Yankees have been doing with an nearly inevitable regularity the last two weeks.
Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs on five hits but finished with a no-decision.
Johnathan Holder came in to shut down the inning, but Francisco Lindor hit an RBI double to make it 2-0. Two innings later, Didi Gregorius ranged to his left and made a strong throw to retire Edwin Encarnacion on a groundout to the hole in shortstop. A three-run homer when we hadn't broken through yet on Tomlin. Torreyes, in a classic case of trying to do to much, tagged up at second and advanced to third on the play. Gregorius is slashing.319/.403/.681 with 10 home runs, 30 RBIs and 27 runs scored, and Judge's line is.295/.420/.557 with eight homers, 21 RBIs and 26 runs. Clevinger picked up his teammate by striking out Sanchez to end the inning. The Indians didn't challenge though.
Short in the bullpen, Cleveland manager Terry Francona called on closer Cody Allen, looking for a five-out save.
Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz was carted off the field in the fifth inning after spraining his left ankle. Attempting to track down Romine's double, Zimmer hit his head and shoulder on the fence and fell to the warning track before exiting the game.
After the Lindor errors, the Yankees scored another run on a sac fly. The non-challenge was another Indians screw up. Say they hit a solo, and somebody gets a fresh inning.