The Cleveland Indians were looking to sweep the New York Yankees for the first time since 1989 on Thursday night at Progressive Field. Trevor Bauer was looking to stop his skid since the All-Star Break as well. Neither of them occurred as the Yankees take the final game of the series 8-6.
Bauer was knocked around in his three and a third innings pitched. Bauer allowed six earned runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and only one strike out. Bauer allowed home runs to Stephen Drew and Brian McCann. Yankees would open up a 4-0 lead after two innings and the Indians were playing catch up all night long.
The Indians got back in the game with a pair of runs in the third inning. Michael Brantley would drive home Giovanny Urshela on a sacrifice fly to center field to get the Indians on the scoreboard. Carlos Santana would single home Jose Ramirez to cut the Yankees lead to 4-2.
Bauer would give those runs right back before visiting the showers in the fourth inning. Drew and Brett Gardner would record rbi doubles to make it 6-2. Gardner would tally rbi singles in his next two at bats to round out the Yankees scoring for the night.
The Indians mount a pair of rallies to make the game close. The tribe scored two runs in the sixth inning thanks to an rbi double by Abraham Almonte and an rbi single by Lonnie Chisenhall to make the score 7-4 New York.
In the seventh inning, Francisco Lindor would score on a wild pitch from Yankees reliever Dellin Betances during Almonte’s at bat with the bases loaded to make it 7-5. Almonte would strike out in that at bat to stop a potential big inning.
The Indians looked to hand Yankees closer Andrew Miller a second straight blown save. Yan Gomes would get the the tribe within two at 8-6 with an rbi single to bring home Lindor. Miller would pick up his 25th save as he gets Almonte to strike out looking to end the game.
The Indians see their four game win streak snapped as the Yankees put a halt to their five game losing streak. Nathan Eovaldi went just five and a third innings for New York but picked up his 12th win of the season.
The Indians depart for their longest road trip of the season. The eleven game road trip begins with three games in Minnesota against the Twins beginning Friday night. The tribe will also visit Boston, the New York Yankees and finish the trip with a makeup game against the Chicago Cubs.
Before the game, Indians utility man Mike Aviles caught the ceremonial first pitches from his four old twin daughters, Adriana and Maiya. Adriana was been battling childhood leukemia since May.