Monday, October 9, 2017
With the season on the line, Masahiro Tanaka delivered what he called his most important win as a Major Leaguer and Greg Bird cracked a majestic home run off Andrew Miller, extending the Yankees’ hopes for another day with a 1-0 victory over the Indians in Sunday’s Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.
Bird’s second homer of the series, a towering drive into the second deck in right field, provided some desperately needed support behind Tanaka’s dominant outing. With the Indians flailing regularly at his lethal splitter, Tanaka blanked Cleveland’s formidable offense on three hits through seven frames, issuing one walk with seven strikeouts over a 92-pitch effort.
Man, Tanaka is a riddle wrapped up in a mystery, hidden in an enigma, but he certainly came through big time tonight.
Greg Bird supplied the big home run, Aaron Judge took a home run away and Aroldis Chapman had a huge five-out save.
Now the Yankees just have to beat Trevor Bauer on short rest. It could happen!
Let’s hope that the Yankees get to take their chances with Corey Kluber in Game 5.
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