Player of the Game
Yan Gomes won his second Player of the Game with his sixth home run and 17th RBI on the season. Gomes is now batting .293 and has surpassed Ryan Raburn as the go to player during off days. Gomes started at catcher today and was responsible for half of the Indians offense.
Terry Francona stuck with Corey Kluber despite his early struggles and Kluber proved his intuition right. After allowing four earned runs over the first two innings, he allowed just two hits over his next four innings. Instead of panicking and wasting the bullpen by making them throw seven innings, Kluber was able to pitch as well as anybody alive for those next four innings. All included, Kluber struck out eight in six innings and walked just one.
The Indians were finally able to break through against the Yankees in the late innings today when they scored a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings. The first two runs were scored with some small ball as Drew Stubbs started things with an infield single. Michael Bourne followed with another single before Jason Kipnis hit one down the line to bring in the first run. A Nick Swisher ground out scored Bourn to end the scoring in the sixth.
In the seventh, they did things a little differently. Michael Brantley hit a strong single to the outfield just prior to another Yan Gomes home run. This brought the Indians back to within two runs, the closest they had been since the first inning.
Last time out a rain storm kept Corey Kluber from pitching past the second inning, but today it was the storm of Yankees hitters that kept him down. Kluber allowed home runs to Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner while allowing six run (four earned) to the Yankees lineup in the first two innings.
Skinny C.C. was on today, throwing a perfect game until Mike Aviles blooped a single into left during the fifth inning. The Indians made their mark the next inning, scoring twice, but Sabathia looked great early on, striking out nine in nine innings. His seven hits allowed are not indicative of his performance as few were actually hit hard.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – New York Yankees 6