The division series are about to get underway.
Nothing could go wrong for the Cleveland Indians last night. This should prove to be an entertaining series. After four foul balls, it was ruled that Chisenhall was hit by a pitch.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was not listed on the team's roster for the team's American League wild-card game against the host New York Yankees.
NY had its chances late, but the Yankees stranded the go-ahead run at third in the ninth and 10th - and had pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes picked off second in the 11th by Gomes from the behind the plate.
As we did yesterday, please use this live thread post to comment throughout the game and interact with other Indians fans. This set up a three run line drive shot to right field by Didi Gregorius with one out that tied that game up at 3-3 after the first inning.
The Cubs will head off Game 2 of the series on Saturday at 5:30 PM ET.
Gray, acquired at the trade deadline to bolster the Yankees' rotation for a playoff run, lasted just 3 1/3 innings - his shortest outing of the season.
During the postseason previous year, Kluber posted a 4-1 record with a 1.83 earned run average over six starts. However, Buxton beat out the throw, and the runner from third came across to score. Bruce, the former New York Met, struck a two-run home run and drove in three of the Indians' four runs on the night. Scoring runs shouldn't be a problem for the Astros, as they have no problem getting people on base.
Bauer exited after 6 2/3 innings of work in which he struck out eight and allowed only three baserunners. The always consistent, AL MVP candidate Jose Altuve is batting.346 with 24 home runs and 81 RBIs. It is no secret that they rely on the long ball for the success of their offense. If Judge can help out the Yankees in any way then it will light a spark in the Yankees offense and hopefully lead to more than three hits tonight. He tossed two ideal innings, giving the Yankees as good of a chance as any. Here's Callaway on the Yankees... After Bauer fell behind in the count, 2-0, he grooved a fastball down the heart of the plate to make the count 2-1.
But Francona is more concerned with giving his ace normal rest, and with off days after Games 2 and 4, Kluber will have his usual recovery time between starts. However, Yan and Roberto are known mainly for their defense. ("Progressive" being a relative term.) But there are a couple of meaningful caveats to note there: first, that half the games we've seen so far have been wild card contests with winner-take-all stakes that obviously shift priorities, and second, that yanking a starter who's having a disastrous night isn't so much forward-thinking relief strategy as it is simple damage control. When the Indians get baserunners, they should be aggressive on the base paths and keep Sanchez on his toes and take advantage of his potential miscues.
The Indians scored two runs in the fourth.