ALDS Takeaways: Gregorius sends Yankees to ALCS with two-homer night
The most confusing, staggering, and perhaps random thing that happened in the entire season, let alone the postseason was the implosion of Corey Kluber.
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Name(required) Email(required) Comment(required)The Yankees won their fourth elimination game this postseason and advanced to play the Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Friday night in Houston. The Yankees went 2-5 against the AL West champion Astros, who are led by 5-foot-6 MVP candidate Jose Altuve.
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Continue reading the main story With runners at first and second, Lindor — who had a woeful series other than his tide-turning grand slam in Game 2 — hit an 0-1 cutter back up the middle. Robertson reached for it but pulled his glove away at the last instant, which proved to be a wise decision.
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Gregorius speaks four languages fluently: Dutch, Spanish, Papiamento — the tongue of his native Curaçao — and English. But as home runs have flown off his bat and he settled into the middle of the Yankees’ lineup this season, his answer to whether he considered himself a home run hitter was easy to understand in any language: No.
And yet, there the Yankees were Wednesday night, just a few minutes before midnight, dancing on the Progressive Field infield as a packed house sat in stunned silence.
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Chapman had cooled off during the wait and walked Jose Ramirez to start the ninth. But he quickly gathered himself. And when Jackson went down looking for the third out, the celebration began.
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“(The season) doesn’t wind down. It comes to a crashing halt,’’ said Indians manager Terry Francona. “And nobody, myself included, was ready for it to be over.’’That being said, as for what the Cleveland Indians could control in the ALDS, they failed. It was not a universal failure, but it was a failure nonetheless.
Kluber struggles Kluber was one of baseball’s most consistent pitchers all season, winning 18 games and leading the AL with a 2.25 ERA.
Sabathia whiffed Carlos Santana to start the inning, his ninth strikeout, a total he had not reached since August 2016. Two more outs until the Indians neared the brink.
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Gregorius smacked a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. And after the Indians trimmed the margin to a single run, Brett Gardner added a two-run single in the ninth inning to produce the final margin.
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“To come out after being sick like that and put together a game like that, it’s amazing,” Taylor said. “He’s the real deal.” – Rappler.com
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Back at the scene of his crime, Girardi started Sabathia over Sonny Gray. Turned to Robertson when Sabathia faltered. Continued to use Gregorius in the No. 3 hole. All of that worked.
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Didi Gregorius, following in the October footprints left by Derek Jeter, homered twice off Corey Kluber as New York beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to complete its comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the Division Series and dethrone the AL champions.Continue reading the main story A year after losing a three-games-to-one lead to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, the Indians lost three straight to the Yankees — and, just like last season, the final defeat came at their own ballpark.
No one could have predicted it, just as virtually no one forecast the Yankees to qualify for the playoffs this year. And once they did, most thought it impossible for them to knock off the top-seeded Indians — a team that won 22 games in a row — or rally from a self-inflicted 0-2 deficit.The Yankees became the 10th team to overcome a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-five playoff series. New York also did it in 2001, rallying to beat Oakland — a series remembered for Jeter’s backhand flip to home plate.see also Don't tell these Yankees their future isn't now CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber registered two quick outs to open… see also These Yankees have grown to embrace an unfamiliar role CLEVELAND — At the end, the Yankees got to hear… Two Girardi mea culpas (one public and one private) and three Yankees victories later, they departed this ballpark for Houston, where they’ll face the Astros in the ALCS. Girardi’s legacy has been strengthened, this season’s narrative enhanced. As the game’s hitting hero Didi Gregorius said, “That’s the best thing that can happen right now, us being 0-2 and then coming back right now.”The list doesn’t even include David Robertson, who checks in with a 92 mph cutter and wipeout curveball and came up huge in both the wild-card game with 3⅓ scoreless innings and the clincher against the Indians with 2⅔ scoreless innings. Heck, it doesn’t include Adam Warren, who posted a 2.35 ERA and is the sixth guy out of the pen on this team.
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On Friday, Girardi was crestfallen, afraid he had wrecked the season.
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One win shy of a Series title last year, the Indians had only one goal in mind in 2017.
“They played better than us, honestly,” Bruce said. “We knew New York is a tough place to play, but coming back here with Corey [Kluber] on the mound, you write that up every time. You trust him. They outplayed us. I feel like it’s an opportunity that’s missed.”
The Indians’ clubhouse hushed after the game. A whiteboard announced clubhouse hours for Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., three hours devoted to packing up and saying goodbye to the best team any of them had played on, to a season over too soon.
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Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas, Keith Hernandez and host Kevin Burkhardt.Kluber stranded two baserunners in the second, but Gardner singled to start the third.”I’m surprised I was able to hang in there,” Strasburg said. “I think it’s just one of those situations where you try and break the game down, keep it simple and just know going in, whatever I have in the tank, I’m giving it everything I have.”
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CLEVELAND — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman pumped the 101-mph fastball past Austin Jackson and screamed. Then Chapman looked at his own dugout. He screamed again.
5-2 victory in Game 5 at Progressive Field.
Gardner was joking, but that’s been a common theme for Gregorius since he arrived in the Bronx: Underestimate him at your peril. Only two months after Jeter bid farewell at Fenway Park, Cashman acted quickly to secure Gregorius, pulling off a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Tigers that only cost him pitcher Shane Greene, who was shipped to Arizona.