Tribe takes game one of Yankees doubleheader; three takeaways
After a Tuesday night rainout, the Indians and New York Yankees are playing a doubleheader today in the Bronx.
The Tribe took game one, 2-1, after scoring both of their runs in the top of the first inning.
Trevor Bauer recorded the win for Cleveland, his 14th of the year. Cody Allen got his 22nd save of the season after striking out Aaron Judge to get the third out of the ninth inning.
With the win, Cleveland is now on a six-game win streak.
Before the Indians play game two in just under a half hour and look to sweep New York, here are our three takeaways from the first matchup.
1. Bauer Outage
Trevor Bauer ended the afternoon after six innings. He allowed just one run and four hits, while also walking four batters and striking out four.
Bauer had to fight through some tough situations, but he managed to minimize the damage. In the third inning, after walking Aaron Hicks, Bauer gave up an RBI double to Didi Gregorius to score the Yankees only run of the game. Despite a wild pitch in the next at-bat to Chase Headley that allowed Gregorius to get to third, Bauer still managed to get out of the inning with a strikeout.
Bauer has shown good consistency as of late, and has pitched at least six innings in six of his last seven starts.
Bauer earned the third win of his career against the Yankees, and his first ever win at Yankee Stadium. Most importantly, however, he is now 5-0 in six starts in the month of August.
As a rotation, the Indians starting pitchers are now 17-4 this month, a number that leads all of Major League Baseball.
2. Starting off on the right foot
The Tribe scored two runs in the first inning, and that was enough to carry them through game one of the doubleheader.
Francisco Lindor got on base with a single to lead off the game. After stealing second, a Jose Ramirez single got him to third before Lindor ultimately scored on a passed ball by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.
In that same at-bat, Yandy Diaz recorded an RBI single on an 84 mph change-up pitch that plated Ramirez.
The Indians stranded nine men on base, recorded eight hits, and batted two-for-nine with runners in scoring position. But, the work they did in the first inning was ultimately enough to get them the win.
3. Jose Jose Jose Jose
It looks like Jose Ramirez is heating up at the plate once again.
In Wednesday's afternoon showdown, Ramirez went four-for-four from the plate, recording two singles and two doubles. He also scored one of the Tribe's two runs.
The Yankees have not had an answer to Ramirez so far in this series. On Monday, Ramirez went two-for-three from the plate, and recorded two homers en route to Cleveland's 6-2 victory.
We'll see if they can slow him down heading into game two of the doubleheader.