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Trevor Bauer, Indians shutout Yankees to take Game 1, 4-0

With help from a dominate performances by Trevor Bauer on the mound and Jay Bruce at the plate, the Cleveland Indians took a 1-0 lead over the New York Yankees in the best-of-five series. To say that Bauer somewhat exceeded expectations in Game 1 may be an understatement.

Let’s take a look at some of the game’s top highlights:

Trevor Bauer set the tone early and made the Yankees realize that he had his good stuff Thursday night. He made Aaron Judge, who is in the running for the AL MVP at season’s end,Β  look foolish and a little lost for his first strikeout of the game. Judge’s knees locked when Bauer’s Knuckle Curve dropped into the strike zone.

With bases loaded and no outs, the Indians could have taken control of the game right away in the second inning. Although they only came away with one run, Roberto Perez drove in a run while grounding into a double play to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead.

When Terry Francona made it known that Jason Kipnis would start in center field for much of the postseason, many people may have been surprised. Although the second-baseman-turned-center-fielder played in the outfield at Arizona State, he hasn’t since coming to the big leagues. In his 12th game in center field this season, you knew eventually that Kipnis was going to be tested. He made the most of it in the third inning with a fantastic diving catch.

At the trade deadline, the Yankees had the opportunity to acquire Jay Bruce. But instead of paying all of his remaining salary this season, they told the Mets that they would only pay for $1 million of his $3.7 million that he had left on his contract. That’s when the Indians stepped in and made the trade with the Mets because they would pay for all of his remaining salary this season. What a trade it was! His two-run home run gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. With how the Indians were pitching, it almost seemed as though that was the dagger right there.

Even when Bruce isn’t hitting home runs, he still finds ways to get his teammates across home plate. To follow up his home run, Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to left-center to give Cleveland a 4-0 lead.

After allowing his first hit of the game in the sixth inning to end his no-hit bid, Bauer got quite the standing ovation from the sold out crowd at Progressive Field.

Judge may be in the running for the AL MVP, but Bauer made him look silly all night long. The rookie refused to swing at any of the pitcher’s slow stuff and Bauer struck him out looking. It was Judge’s third strikeout of the game.

Bauer gave up just his second hit, but Tito decided to pull him in place of Andrew Miller after the right-hander gave the Indians a scoreless outing and allowed just two hits in 6.2 innings. Once again, Bauer received a well-deserved

Not one, not two, not three, but four strikeouts for Aaron Judge. This one came against Cody Allen. Whether it was the starter or the closer, Indians pitchers made quite the debut in the 2017 postseason.

The Indians may have taken a 1-o lead in the best-of-five series, but the two teams will get right back at it tomorrow. First pitch for Game 2 is set for 5:08 p.m. ET. Indians ace and most likely Cy Young winner Corey Kluber will go against former Indians lefty CC Sabathia.

  • tigersbrowns2

    1 down , 10 to go … good luck , gang.

  • JM85

    That was a statement game.

  • Bulldogs_3

    Thank you, Shin-Soo Choo!

  • RGB

    Is it just me, or is everyone on the Yankees a linebacker?

  • mgbode

    CC is more an offensive lineman

  • BenRM

    Beisbol!

  • RGB

    Judge needs to be drug tested. His veins have to be coursing with livestock supplements.

  • Bulldogs_3

    … And to think – they didn’t want to pay for Bruce… maybe he wasn’t big enough!

  • Chris

    Care Bear with a cap and a glove.

  • Chris

    Gary Sanchez is baseball’s Jay Cutler.

  • Natedawg86

    Anyone have the statcast on Kip catch? Was expecting to see the graphic

  • Natedawg86

    Shaw was part of that trade too!

  • But it only means something until the next one.

  • Chris

    I vaguely recall reading somewhere 4-star 26% catch probability.

  • Bulldogs_3

    Yea! The DBacks traded away Bauer and Shaw (among others) and in return: Didi Gregorious and Tony Sipp! I hope Tito somehow works Brantley in to face CC tonight for another trade matchup

  • jpftribe

    Jose on base is his worst nightmare.

  • WFNY_DP

    Guys, guys… the Yankees fans of the Internet have informed me that last night’s win was ONLY because of an unfairly called game by the umpires. They’ll be winning the next three straight if those games are called fairly.

    We had a good run.

  • jpftribe

    Holy cow! That was one of the best baseball games I’ve ever been to. Indescribable.

    On to No 2.

  • jpftribe

    Tell it to the Judge. The jury ain’t listening.

  • Chris

    Jose was reading those pitches so well. I’m not sure how the broadcast covered it, but you could see how hard he was breaking on every single pitch. There was blood in the water, and Jose was a hungry shark.

  • Chris

    So Biscuit’s brother fell through? Lucky you.

  • Chris

    So Yanks fans are suggesting we’ll one again be WFNY?

  • Chris
  • jpftribe

    Nope, he will be there today, and so will I. πŸ™‚

  • mgbode

    It’s as if they are bandwagon fans who do not understand the difference between Roberto Perez and Gary Sanchez framing pitches.

  • mgbode

    Vince Mayle at receiving the ball though.

  • mgbode

    Arizona did eventually get Robbie Ray. Somehow worked out for everybody.

  • Eric G

    Trevor’s hook was a thing of beauty last night. He showed that he was absolutely ready to take the Game 1 responsibility.

  • WFNY_DP

    Also, the super-imposed K-Zone is infallible and is clearly what the umpires use to call the game, hence the egregious nature when borderline pitches are [insert call you disagree with here].

  • mgbode

    Well, to be fair, they are used to pitchers who do not have nearly as much movement on their pitches as the Indians staff.

  • mgbode

    Momentum is the next game’s starting pitcher. Oh, hello Corey Kluber.

  • jpftribe

    And those boxes are two dimensional when the zone is really 3D. I’ve wondered about how robo umps would treat that.

  • mgbode

    They have noted they can do so today. The issue isn’t so much the technology but the acceptance of it + the arguments of what should constitute the zone for each batter (Judge & Altuve obviously have different zones but so do a batter in same AB who crouches more w/ two strikes per strict rule interpretation).

  • jpftribe

    Yeah, I’ve seen the technology used for LBW’s in cricket. My question is more, is it strike if it travels any part of that 3D cube? Half of it? Is it standard length for each batter? Vary by body size etc….. Those issues would have to be definitive.

    Looking at those replays above, Bauer’s pitches were moving out, in and out of the zone, just nasty.

  • mgbode

    Ball touches the zone in any way, it is a strike.

    The issue is how to cap off the zone based on batter and if stance is supposed to play a factor and everything else, yeah. Those are the tough decisions once you get past the umpire’s union.

    Bauer has great movement on his stuff.

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