Cleveland Indians hammer mistake-prone New York Yankees

By Jim Ingraham, The Sports Xchange
Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees for the second time in two nights. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI
Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees for the second time in two nights. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer pitched seven strong innings and the New York Yankees' shoddy defense proved costly for the second consecutive night as the Cleveland Indians rolled to a 7-2 win Friday night at Progressive Field.

Bauer (10-8) held New York to one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. In winning the first two of the four-game series, the Indians' starting pitchers, Corey Kluber and Bauer, combined to pitch 16 innings, allowing two runs (1.13 ERA), 10 hits, with 18 strikeouts and three walks.


The Yankees have lost four games in a row and have scored a total of two runs in the last three.

Left-hander Jaime Garcia (1-1), in his New York debut, pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on five hits, with four strikeouts and four walks.


The Yankees, who made three errors -- all in the first inning -- in their loss Thursday, weren't any better defensively on Friday. Three of Cleveland's seven runs scored on New York miscues: a throwing error by right fielder Aaron Judge, a run-scoring passed ball charged to catcher Gary Sanchez, and a run-scoring wild pitch by Garcia.

New York's runs came on a home run by Todd Frazier in the fifth inning and an RBI single by Brett Gardner in the ninth.

The Indians, who have won 11 of their last 14 games, and nine in a row at home, took a 6-1 lead into the eighth inning, then made it 7-1 on back-to-back doubles by Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion off reliever Tommy Kahnle.

The Indians took an early 2-0 lead with a second-inning rally that began with two outs and nobody on base. Carlos Santana started it by drawing a walk. Austin Jackson ripped a double into the left-field corner, scoring Santana with the first run of the game. Jackson went to third on the throw to the plate and scored on a passed ball by Sanchez.


Brandon Guyer led off the third inning with a single and Michael Brantley followed with a single through the right side. Guyer raced to third, and a throwing error by Judge allowed Guyer to score and Brantley to advance to second.

Brantley moved to third on a groundout by Ramirez. Encarnacion's sacrifice fly scored Brantley to give the Indians a 4-0 lead.

With one out in the fifth inning, Frazier hit a 2-2 curveball from Bauer over the right-field wall for his 18th home run. Ronald Torreyes followed with a single to right field and went to third on a single to left by Gardner.

Clint Frazier hit a high chopper to third on which Giovanny Urshela made a leaping catch. While still in the air, Urshela threw home to catcher Roberto Perez, who tagged Torreyes for the second out.

Judge drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch, loading the bases. But Bauer struck out Sanchez, who waved at a 1-2 curveball to end the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Guyer walked, stole second, and scored on a single to left by Brantley for a 5-1 lead.


Ramirez grounded out to first, with Guyer taking third, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi brought in right-hander Chad Green to pitch to the right-handed hitting Encarnacion.

But Green threw a wild pitch on his second pitch, and Brantley scored, making it a 6-1 Indians lead.

NOTES: Yankees C Gary Sanchez's home run Thursday night gave him 37 home runs in 130 career games. Only three players in major league history have hit more home runs in their first 130 games: Mark McGwire (42), Rudy York (40) and Aaron Judge (38). ... LHP Jordan Montgomery's start Saturday vs. Cleveland will be his 21st of the season. That's the most starts by a Yankees rookie left-hander since Andy Pettitte started 26 games in 1995. ... LHP Craig Breslow has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland. Breslow was designated for assignment by Minnesota on July 24. He will report to Triple-A Columbus on Monday. ... The Indians announced that LHP Boone Logan has been shut down from all throwing and is likely out for the remainder of the season with a high-grade latissimus strain. Logan, who was 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA in 38 relief appearances, was placed on the disabled list on July 21.


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