Usually Yankee Stadium makes visiting players, especially rookies, a little awestruck when they take the field for their first series ever. Don’t tell that to Cleveland Indians rookie Francisco Lindor. The 21-year old shortstop capped off a terrific four game series against the Yankees with a game winning solo home run in the top of the eighth inning giving the Indians a 4-3 win on Sunday afternoon.
The Indians take the series over the Yankees three games to one, something that doesn’t happen a lot for the tribe in the house that Ruth built. The Indians also win the season series five games to two over the Yankees. The tribe took two out of three in Cleveland earlier this month.
Lindor finished the four game series going seven of 17 with a pair of home runs. Lindor was just a triple short of hitting for the cycle on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s blast came after Lindor was not able to lay a bunt down to move pinch runner Jose Ramirez into scoring position. Ramirez would then get thrown out trying to steal second base. Lindor avenged his mistake by crushing a line drive blast to the right field seats off Yankees reliever Dellin Betances.
Lindor was in the leadoff spot in manager Terry Francona’s starting lineup on Sunday since Jason Kipnis and Ramirez were not in the starting lineup. Lindor responded with three hits in five at bats, highlighted by the eventual game winning home run in the eighth inning. The blast was huge because the Yankees had just tied the game at three in the bottom of the seventh inning off reliever Bryan Shaw on a ground rule double by Carlos Beltran.
Trevor Bauer was looking for a solid outing and just his second win since the All-Star Break. Bauer had some issues early but only allowed two runs in six and a third innings pitched. Bauer struck out seven and only surrendered two hits but six walks and some location issues were his undoing. Bauer left the game in the seventh inning with a chance for the victory, but the Beltran double ended that. Bauer gets a no decision, Shaw gets the win.
Cody Allen earns his 26th save of the season after picking up another four out save by entering the game with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. It’s the third time Allen has recorded a four out save against the Yankees this season.
Carlos Santana got the Indians on the board in the first inning. Santana hit his first home run as a right handed batter this season by taking former Indian C.C. Sabathia to the tribe bullpen in left center field for a 2-0 lead. It was Santana’s 15th home run of the year.
The Indians finish up their eleven game road trip Monday afternoon with a makeup game at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. Corey Kluber will face off against Jon Lester in what could be a pitcher’s duel on Chicago’s north side. The Indians are currently 5-5 on the road trip.