Gray will take the mound following a pair of pulsating victories for the Yankees, who are 13-1 in their last 14 games.
We’ll go with Torres’ words: super-awesome.
Ben Taylor came in the bottom of the seventh in relief of Trevor Bauer, who finished with six innings, four runs (two earned) on two hits with three walks and eight strikeouts on 102 pitches. German and Indians starter Mike Clevenger put up zeros until the eighth inning when Cleveland struck for four against the Bombers pen.
With AP Photos.Rookie Miguel Andujar flared an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees, after blowing two late leads, beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 for their 13th win in 14 games. He became the youngest Yankee ever to hit a walk-off home run.
Aaron Judge is beginning to cool off from a rock-solid start to the season, but comparable teammate Giancarlo Stanton and catcher Gary Sanchez are catching fire.
Among those waiting for Sonny Gray to deliver an effective start, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone might be his most vocal advocate. Both teams feature Top 10 offenses in home runs (45-44 in favor of Cleveland), RBI (172-138 in favor of New York), and runs scored (178-144, again, New York). The Yankees have outscored opponents 91-33 in that span and have won eight straight home games for the first time since 2010. He issued two of his four walks in the eighth as NY rallied.
In the dugout, manager Terry Francona and his coaching staff had some communication issues, and they never challenged the safe call.
Down 5-0 in the eighth, the Indians suddenly pulled even. Bradley Zimmer hit a three-run shot off Chasen Shreve, and Jose Ramirez launched a two-run drive off David Robertson.
Torres, who connected for his first big league homer Friday night, raised one arm and turned back toward the NY dugout after rounding first base.
Chasen Shreve (2-0) struck out two in a ideal ninth for the win.
The Yankees are young, clean-cut and putting it all together and maybe it’s the warm weather on their travels or the excitement of summer baseball but the truth of it all is the Yankees are hot, and they are showing no signs of cooling off. But they had a little help along the way thanks to Lindor’s double error here.
Prior to the west coast swing, Judge was batting.337/.482/.640 with seven home runs.
The under has hit in zero of Cleveland’s last seven games.
The Indians led last year’s American League Division Series 2-0 before losing three straight to the Yankees, who just took three of four from the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. This will be German’s first career start against Cleveland. The Yankees are fortunate to avoid Corey Kluber in the series, and the absence of Andrew Miller due to a hamstring injury significantly weakens the Indians’ bullpen, but Cleveland has always boasted a strong rotation these past two years. His ERA is 15.63 ERA in two games with Sanchez. Allen played center and batted ninth. Austin Romine walks. Gleyber Torres to second. “He hit that wall pretty hard”. After a day off Monday, the team hopes Zimmer can return to the lineup Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
However, the Yankees were able to take advantage of a exhausted Indians bullpen, eventually scoring the go-ahead run on a bases loaded walk.