There were three wild pitches on bounced pitches over the first six innings, with Gary Sanchez catching; blocking breaking pitches in the dirt was an issue throughout the season for Sanchez.
Bauer said his good numbers vs. the Yankees this year don't count for anything in October. "He wants the ball, and I'm happy he is on my side". The right-hander had a no-hitter through 5.1 innings before Aaron Hicks doubled in the sixth. Severino would only record one out in his outing as Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run which was followed by a two run shot by the Twins later that inning.
Bauer recently lost one of his drones when he crashed it in a local park.
Francona said, "I thought he pitched his heart out". "We were in the early part of it", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Bauer was 17-9 during the regular season. Starter Sonny Gray's struggles continued, and he lasted just 3.1 innings while allowing three runs and walking four. To say that Bauer somewhat exceeded expectations in Game 1 may be an understatement. "That's another factor. The chances of anybody besides Kluber going real deep probably aren't real good". Allen then worked the ninth for a save. Now, behind incredible rookie slugger Aaron Judge and an elite bullpen, the Yankees will try to take three out of five from Cleveland - potentially setting up an ALCS showdown with their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox. "He'll be back tomorrow", Girardi said.
The young pitcher who was given up on by the Arizona Diamondbacks had himself an fantastic night, going 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out eight batters and allowing just two hits.
"The mindset was to go out there like a closer in the first inning and put up a scoreless inning at all costs", Bauer said.
The top four hitters in the Yankees' lineup combined to go 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts and a walk. But they do have weak links: Jay Bruce against lefties, Lonnie Chisenhall doesn't start against them either in most cases.
Bruce led off the bottom of the second with a double to left field and later scored the Indians' first run when Roberto Perez grounded into a double play.
Francona had some other tough roster decisions, including at third base where he's chosen to platoon Giovanny Urshela and Erik Gonzalez, dropping Yandy Diaz. Two of those 13 outings came against NY on August 4 and August 30, and the UCLA product breezed to wins in both by scattering two runs over 13 frames and striking out 11. Sonny Gray, who gets the ball in Game, started three games against the Tribe this season, two with the Oakland Athletics and one with the Yankees.
"It's a good thing he showed up tonight". He hit 23 homers and drove in 65 runs while making $18 million.
"They gave their ideas for it and why they had their ideas for it, and I didn't have a problem with it", Kluber said.
After two innings, the AL Wild Card became a pitchers duel. If the Cleveland lineup can score two, three, or even four runs off of the starting pitcher, that will provide a cushion for the Indians starter and bullpen later in the game.
It would have taken a lot to get back in the game by that point, however.