Greg Bird’s solo shot in the bottom of the seventh keeps the New York Yankees season alive as they beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
Both starting pitchers for the Indians and Yankees had great performances in their first postseason starts.
Carlos Carrasco went 5.2 innings for Cleveland, gave up three hits, three walks and struck out seven batters.
Masahiro Tanaka went 7 innings for New York, gave up three hits, one walk and struck out seven.
Andrew Miller got out of a bases loaded situation when he replaced Carrasco but he showed he’s human giving up that home run that was the deciding factor.
The Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman went 1.2 innings for the save and was filthy striking out 4 of the 7 batters he faced with many of his pitchings hitting the 103/104 mph mark.
The Indians key three hitters (Lindor, Ramirez, Bruce) went a combined 1-12 with 8 strikeouts and need to bounce back strong Monday night to close out the series.
The Tribe’s pitching have kept rookie superstar Aaron Judge grounded at the plate during this series with an 0-10 mark and eight strikeouts.
The Yankees will send out Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA in regular season) (0-0, 81.00 ERA in postseason) for Game 4 while the Indians will send out Trevor Bauer (1-0, 0.00 ERA) on four days rest after a dominant Game 1 last Thursday.
New York will bring their best out because it’s another win or go home situation for them while Cleveland tries to once again close it out.