New York Yankees Recap: In monumental match up of aces, the Yankees win third game over the Indians

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight the New York Yankees met up with the Cleveland Indians for game three of a four-game set. The Yankees won the first two games, 6-3 and 5-3. Tonight they looked for their third win with a  historic pitching match; the Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and the Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber. It was a somewhat warming night at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The game-time temperature was in the high fifties with showers in the area. It should have been an epic game, and it didn’t disappoint. The Yankees won the game 2-1 against the Indian and their ace Shane Bieber. Roughie Odor was the deciding run for the third time this season.

DJ LeMahie led off the first by grounded out to first. Giancarlo Stanton flew to the outfield for a single. Aaron Judge walked. Gleyber Torres struck out. Gio Urshela, with sprinkles on his helmet, struck out with a ball down the middle to end the half and get Bieber out of trouble. At the bottom, Amed Rosario led off against Gerrit Cole; he grounded out to second. Cesar Hernandez struck out for Cole’s first strikeout of the game. Jose Ramirez struck out to end the half. No score.

At the top of the second, Aaron Hicks led off for the Yankees. Hicks struck out for this third strikeout in as many Yankee hitters. Clint Frazier down on Bieber’s curveball. Kyle Higashioka had a line drive out to end the half. At the bottom, Eddie Rosario against Cole struck out for Cole’s third strikeout. Franmil Reyes struck out for the fourth strikeout in a row. Josh Naylor flew out to Roughie Odo for the final out. No score.

Rougie Odo led off the third inning against Bieber; he had a long fly ball out to left. DJ LeMahieu ground out to short Giancarlo Stanton popped out to short. Jake Bauer led off the bottom against Cole and struck out for Cole’s fifth strikeout. Roberto Perez doubled for the first baserunner for the Indians. Andres Gimenez struck out. A Rosario ground out to second to end the innings. No score.

The top of the fourth had Aaron Judge at the plate; he struck out against Bieber. Gleyber Torres ground out to first. Gio Urshela struck out for eleven down in a row in what turned out to be an epic pitching duel. At the bottom, Hernandez led off against Cole; he flew out to Frazier in left field. Ramirez tripled on a ball just away from Judge at the wall. Upon review, it was a triple, not a home run. E. Rosario got a base hit to left, scoring Ramirez for the Indian’s early lead. Franmil Reyes struck out, but Rosario stole second base. Josh Naylor struck out, but the Indians took the lead. Indians 1 Yankees 0.

Aaron Hicks led off the fifth inning against Bieber and hit the Yankee’s first home run of the game, homering to far centerfield to tie the game at one. Clint Frazier struck out. Kyle Higashioka struck out. Rougie Odor homered over the bullpen for the New York Yankee lead in the game. DJ LeMahieu ground to end the half, but the Yankees took the lead. At the bottom, Bauers ground out. Perez also ground out. Gimenez struck out for Cole’s ninth strikeout on the game to end the inning. Yankees 2 Indians 1.

The top of the sixth saw Bieber back on the mound facing Giancarlo Stanton that ground out to second base. Aaron judge flew out to center field. Gleyber Torres beat out a single on a grounder to third. Gio Urshela, with 91 pitches from Bieber, flew out to left-center at the warning track to end the half. At the bottom, it was back to the top of the lineup with A. Rosario leading off against Cole with 86 pitches hit sharply to shallow center but caught by Odor. Hernandez flew out to Hicks. Ramirez got the prize for Cole’s ground out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Indians 1.

The top of the seventh saw Hicks facing Bieber. Hicks struck out. Clint Frazier walked. Kyle Higashioka ground out to third, with Tauchman pinch-running moved to second. Rougie Odor walked. DJ LeMahieu, with 117 pitches from Bieber, ground out to short and let Bieber out of the inning with his career-high 119 pitches. At the bottom, Eddie Rosario faced Cole in his seventh inning of work, and 97 pitches struck out for Cole’s 10th strikeout of the game. Reyes flew out to the well caught by LeMahieu for the second out. Naylor makes Cole’s 11th strikeout of the game ending the inning. Yankees 2 Indians 1.

Aaron Judge led off the eighth against the new pitcher Bryan Shaw, and he doubled off of him. Gleyber Torres ground out to first base. Gio Urshela walked, bringing up Aaron Hicks with two out and two on. Hicks popped out to foul territory in right to end the half. At the bottom against Yu Chang for Bauer faced Justin Wilson, hit a line drive directly to Torres for the first out in the inning. Perez walked on four pitches. Gimenez got a passed ball, moving Perez to scoring position. Luplow pinch-hitting for Gimenez popped up to Torres. Jonathan Loaisiga came in against Rosario, who popped out to Torres to end the scoreless inning for the New York Yankee bullpen. Yankees 2 Indians 1.

The new pitcher in the ninth was James Karinchak against Mike Tauchman, who stuck out. Kyle Higashioka also stuck out against Karinchak. Rougie Odor struck out for a strikeout of the side for Karinchak. With last licks for the Indians, Jonathan took the mound against Hernandez, who ground out. Ramirez lined out to first. E. Rosario flew out to Tauchman to end the game, with the Yankees winning the game 2-1 against the Indians for their third win in a row for the first time this season.

The final score was 2-1 New York Yankee. The winning pitcher was Gerrit Cole (3-1),  the loser was Indian ace Shane Bieber, and the save went to Jonathan Loaisiga for his first save of his career. Rougie Odor and Aaron Hicks homered in the game.