Bauer, Bruce lift Indians past Yankees, 4-0, in ALDS Game 1

Bauer, Bruce lift Indians past Yankees, 4-0, in ALDS Game 1

The Indians came back from a five-run deficit to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series which will continue in NY on Sunday.

Manager Joe Girardi's club assumed a potentially fatal position.

Kluber takes the mound today as the Indians look to head to NY with a 2-0 series lead and Carlos Carrasco on the mound in Game 3. Meanwhile, the Indians have depth in every facet of the game and should make quick work of the Yankees and advance to the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros.

They never really had a chance Thursday.

It started with reliever Chad Green inheriting the mess left by Severino and cleaning it up with no excess dirt striking out the next two hitter to leave the inning with the Yankees only down three.

Tuley's Take: I like the Astros to win this best-of-5 series for the simple reason that I rate them better in most categories (they led the majors in runs scored despite playing half their games in a pitchers park, better starting staff, better bullpen), plus home-field advantage.

As they've done so many times in a season becoming more special by the day, the defending AL champions battled back and can now put the Yankees away in NY - just as they did in the 2007 ALDS. Only Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks secured base hits for the Yankees, who now must shake off this poor performance ahead of facing Kluber tomorrow.

Kluber is enjoying a Cy Young type season and I believe he continues to impress with the big offense backing him up...

Judge's homer made him the second Yankee rookie of all time to hit a homerun in his playoff debut and it was the shot that all but sealed the historic franchise's first playoff win since 2012.

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He is also the type of pitcher who might let the natural adrenaline of a postseason game impact his performance a little bit. If Nunez is ruled out for the series, the Red Sox will replace him with outfielder Chris Young , according to Farrell.

He didn't get any help from Yankees hitters, though. He then struck two more batters out in the eighth but walked two in the inning forcing Terry Francona to bring in his closer Cody Allen early.

For the Yankees, the later innings were full of mistakes and missed opportunities.

ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that Encarnacion left the Indians clubhouse on crutches and in a walking boot and had a suitcase and a backpack with him as he got into a cart. Bruce crushed it, lofting it high. Wild was the key word in the two play-in games. That made it 3-0 Indians.

But the Indians summoned the resilience to get the job done. He walked Carlos Santana and then got Lonnie Chisenhall to pop out. With two games to go, starter Drew Pomeranz was on the bump looking for his 17 victory of the year.

Adam Warren replaced Gray and loaded the bases with a single before getting tow straight outs to end the threat. It's probably a tough look if he doesn't back the fellow Cleveland squad publicly despite rooting for the Yankees in his heart.

The stakes: The Yankees, who lost the wild-card game in 2015, are in their first playoff series since getting swept in the 2012 ALCS, while the Indians are hoping to return to the World Series - and win it for the first time since 1948.

The Tribe's ace is the American League's presumptive Cy Young victor (it would be his second), as he led the AL in wins (18), ERA (2.25) and WHIP (.869).

Bruce went 2-for-3 with three RBI on the day. In three starts vs. the Yankees this year, Bauer is 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA.

Bruce gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the fourth with a towering homer to right. His third coming in the fifth thanks to a sacrifice fly.