Since it was the first meeting of the season between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees on Tuesday night at Progressive Field, they decided to make a two day event. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Michael Brantley would single to right field to score Jose Ramirez with the game winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning giving Cleveland a 5-4 win.
The Indians win their third game in a row and send the Yankees to a fourth consecutive loss. Austin Adams pitched a scoreless top of the 16th inning to pick up his second win of the season. Branden Pinder suffers the loss for New York.
The Indians started the scoring all the way back in the first inning with a Carlos Santana single to right off of Yankees starter Luis Severino. Francisco Lindor would score to make it 1-0 Indians. Next inning, Ramirez would hit a two out rbi single to left to bring home Chris Johnson to make it 2-0 tribe.
Carlos Carrasco had very good stuff again. In eight innings Carrasco allowed just two runs on four hits with no walks and eight strike outs. Two mistakes cost him a chance at the win. Carrasco allowed a pair of solo home run. The first one to Stephen Drew in the sixth inning. Yankees cut the Indians lead to 2-1. The home run also snapped Carrasco’s scoreless inning streak at 22 innings and it was the Yankees first run scored in its last 31 innings. In the eighth inning Carlos Beltran hit a line drive laser shot into the right field seats to tie the game at two and it was off the extra innings we went.
Bryan Shaw had a rough evening out of the bullpen. In 30 pitches thrown in the tenth inning, Shaw only threw 15 strikes. The pitch count and a costly walk lead to the Yankees scoring two runs in the top of the tenth of the tribe’s right handed reliever. Pinch hitter Chase Headley would single to right with two outs and the bases loaded. Beltron and Didi Gregorius would score giving the Yankees their first lead of the game at 4-2.
The Indians would answer back in the bottom of the tenth inning. The tribe would hand Yankees closer Andrew Miller his first blown save of the season. After Santana would drive home Lindor on a sacrifice fly to center, Yan Gomes would tie the game at four with an rbi single to right to bring home Brantley and play some more free baseball.
The Indians bullpen was terrific for the rest of the game. Zach McAllister, Jeff Manship, Ryan Webb and Adams combined to pitch five innings of scoreless baseball on just one hit with one walk and six strike outs. Webb did the majority of the work by going three innings. It was important because manager Terry Francona did send Wednesday’s starter Danny Salazar to the bullpen before the 16th inning just in case the game would go past the 16th and possibly the 17th innings.
Brantley’s walkoff single means that Salazar will make his scheduled start on Wednesday night against for Indian C.C. Sabathia for New York. The Indians win in walkoff fashion for just the second time at Progressive Field this season.
Giovanny Urshela made perhaps the top play of the night in the fourth inning. Brett Gardner hits a ground ball down the third base line. Urshela makes a backhanded stop, does a spin in the air and makes a terrific throw to Johnson at first base for the out. The play made so many people think about a former Yankee known for making spectacular plays like that, Derek Jeter.
Before the game, the Indians called up Zach Walters from Triple-A Columbus to replace Ryan Raburn who was placed on the bereavement list following the passing of a family member back at his home in Florida.