CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians’ four-game winning streak was snapped, as the New York Yankees avoided the sweep and topped the Tribe on Thursday night, 8-6.
Here is a quick rundown on the loss:
1. What went down: The Yankees (62-51) jumped on Indians starter Trevor Bauer for three in the top of the first, courtesy of a three-run homer down the right field line by Brian McCann (20th). Stephen Drew added his 15th of the season on a solo shot in the top of the second to give New York a 4-0 lead. Cleveland (53-60) stormed back for two in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Michael Brantley and an RBI single by Carlos Santana, but Bauer gave it right back in the fourth on two Yankee RBI doubles, knocking the starter out of the game and giving the Yanks a 6-2 edge. After falling behind 7-2, the Indians scored a pair in the sixth on an RBI double by Abraham Almonte and a run-scoring single by Lonnie Chisenhall, and added a run in the seventh on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Dellin Betances. In the eighth, Brett Gardner drove in his third run of the game to increase New York’s lead to 8-5. Yan Gomes drove in a run with a single in the ninth off Yankees closer Andrew Miller, who recorded his 25th save.
2. What it means: Trevor Bauer’s post All-Star Break struggles continued through Thursday, as the righty logged just 3 1/3 innings, yielding seven hits, six runs and two more homers. Over his past six starts, Bauer has given up 36 hits and 24 runs in 35 1/3 frames, all while surrendering 11 homers over that stretch. In the 17 starts prior to the break, the starter had allowed 12 home runs. Following his start against the Twins on Aug. 8, Bauer was asked why his home run rate has increased recently, Bauer declined to give an answer, simply citing that the “team won.” Unfortunately for Cleveland, that was not the case on Thursday, as the club’s four-game winning streak came to an end.
3. Between the lines: Jose Ramirez extended his hitting streak to eight games with a third-inning single off Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi… Giovanny Urshela snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a fourth-inning single to center field… Urshela and Francisco Lindor (2-for-3), two of the Tribe’s strongest defenders, each committed a throwing error in the loss. Gomes (3-for-4) was also charged with a passed ball… Carlos Santana collected two more hits for Cleveland and is now 7-for-20 over the past five games… Shawn Armstrong posted 1 2/3 scoreless innings, recording a pair of strikeouts in his second career relief appearance.
4. On deck: The Indians will begin a three-game series in Minnesota on Friday night at Target Field. Corey Kluber (7-12, 3.46 ERA) will take the ball in the opener for Cleveland. The Twins will counter with righty Trevor May (8-7, 4.09). First pitch on Fright night is set for 8:10 p.m. ET.