Thursday, August 31, 2017
Behind a pair of strong pitching performances from Trevor Bauer and Ryan Merritt, the Indians grabbed both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, finishing off a series sweep of the Yankees with a 9-4 victory in the nightcap.
Cleveland improved to a season-high 20 games over .500 as Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor homered in the second game, powering the Indians to their seventh consecutive win while dealing another blow to the Yanks’ chances in the American League East race.
That was clearly an awful sweep, but you know what’s even worse? Somehow the Yankees lost three in a row at the same time that the team ahead of them won three in a row and the three teams right behind them in the Wild Card won three in a row (the Angels were down 8-5 earlier in the night but are now up 10-5). A lot of that is just scheduling flukes, as the Angels, Twins and Red Sox happen to be playing literally three of the four worst teams in the American League at the moment (Blue Jays, White Sox and Athletics). The Orioles, though, won their seventh straight by beating the Mariners (also via a big comeback).
Anyhow, not a good day for the Yankees. Jaime Garcia pitched well but it was Jordan Montgomery who sucked, which was a shame. The Yankees, meanwhile, couldn’t hit at all, with Aaron Judge embarrassing himself in the first game by striking out to end the game by swinging and missing at what would have been ball four and then swinging and missing at what would have been ball five and everyone embarrassed themselves in the second game. Greg Bird hit a nice home run while they were down 9-1, but that is not doing much for any optimism going into a four game set against the Red Sox at the Stadium.