Tonight the New York Yankees started a four-game series at Progressive Field with the Cleveland Indians. They are coming off a sweep by the Rays and a split with the Atlanta Braves. On the mound for the Yankees was Domingo German, coming back from a stint at Scranton after two bad starts at the beginning of the season. The Yankees hope he can return to his previous form in spring training when he was near perfect. He faced the Indian’s Aaron Civale, who had a 3-0 record coming into this game. Due to the cold weather, only 6,800 fans were in attendance.
At the top of the first Civale faced Brett Gardner, who walked. DJ LeMahieu struck out swinging. Aaron Judge walked for two on and one out. Mike Ford flew out to right for the second out. Gleyber Torres struck out swinging to end the half. At the bottom, Jordan Luplow led off against German, and he struck out. Cesar Hernandez singled to left. Jose Ramirez had a hustle double, and Hernandez went to third. Eddie Rosario singled, driving in a run for the Indians’ early lead. Fanmil Reyes, still with only one out, singled on a German double bobble causing another run for the Indians. Josh Naylor still with only one out single driving in yet another run. Jake Bauers popped out for the second out. Roberto Perez went down on strikes, but the Indians got 3 runs in the innings. Indians 3 Yankees 0.
Aaron Hicks started the second inning by grounding out to second. Rougie Odor ground out to first base. Clint Frazier struck out to end the half. Andres Gimenez led off the bottom with a line-drive single to right. He also stole second base. Luplow struck out. Hernandez ground out to Odor. Ramirez flew out to Gardner in left to end the inning for a fast inning for both pitchers. Indians 3 Yankees 0.
Kyle Higashioka led off the third inning by doubling to right. Gardner at the plate Civale balked, and Higgy moved to third. Gardner went down on strikes. Looking out into the stands, the fans appeared really bundled up. Last night’s Indian game was postponed due to snow on the field. Lemahieu singled, driving in a Yankee run. Aaron Judge, who walked in the first, went down on strikes. Mike Ford walked with Civale’s 61st pitch in the third. Torres doubled for driving in two Yankee runs to tied up the score at 3. Aaron Hicks popped out to second, but the Yankees tied up the game. Rosario led off the bottom, flying out to foul territory in left. Reyes got hit first career triple. Naylor struck out, and Bauers flew out to end the inning, leaving one on. Indians 3 Yankees 3.
tTo lead off the fourth, Odor had a failed drag bunt. Frazier flew out to right. Higgy ground out to first to a quick half. At the bottom, Roberto Perez ground out to short. Gimenez lined out sharply to ford. Luplow walked. Hernandez singled, moving Luplow to third. Ramirez, who had the best batting average against the Yankees, ground into the shirt ending the inning. Indians 3 Yankees 1.
Brett Gardner led off the fifth inning by grounding out. LeMahieu walked. Aaron Judge went down on strikes. Mike Ford flew out to left field to end the half. Eddie Rosario led off the bottom of the fist by flew out to Hick on the warning track. Reyes ground out to LeMahieu, playing third. Naylor ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for Domingo German. Indians 3 New York Yankees 3.
Toop of the sixth saw Torres at the plate facing Civale with 89 pitches and ground out. Hicks 0 for 2 on the night singled to left field ending the night or Civale.Â Odor faced Bryan Shaw; he flew out to the far center. Frazier, with two outs and one on, walked for two Yankee on base. Higashioka walked to load the bases for Gardner. Gardner chopped out, leaving the bases loaded with Yankees. Bauer, with German still on the mound with 83 pitches, lined out to Hicks at the bottom. Perez struck out. Gimenez struck out with German putting down the last 7 Indians in a row. Indians 3 Yankees 3.
DJ LeMahie led off the seventh, striking out against Wittgren. Aaron Judge walked for the second time in the game. Mike Ford struck out for the second out. Torres singled to center, moving Judge to second. Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases with Yankees. Rougie Odor had a two-out, two-run single giving the Yankees a two-run lead. Frazier again, the new pitcher Karinchak struck out, but the Yankees got the job done on Odor’s two-run single. Yankees 5 Indians 3. At the bottom, Luplow against the Yankees’ Jonathan Loaisiga, and he flew out to Torres. Hernandez singled to left. Ramirez reached in a fielder’s choice with Hernandez out at second. Rosario struck out for a scoreless seventh for Loaisiga. Yankees 5 Indians 3.
Kyle Higashioka led off the eighth for the Yankees and homers to left-center. Brett Gardner singled to center. LeMahieu hit it hard but into a double play. Aaron Judge walked on four pitches. Ford chopped up the middle to end the half. Reyes led off the bottom against Chad Green by striking out. Naylor popped out, and Bauers ground out to Ford to end the inning, but the Yankees picked up another run. Yankees 6 Indians 3.
Gleyber Torres led off the eight by singling to left field. Aaron Hicks, batting from the right side, ground into the force. Rougie Odor singled to right field. Mike Tauchman in for Frazier singled to load the bases with Yankees and brought up Higashioka, who had a 420′ homer in his last appearance struck out. Gardner popped out, leaving the bases loaded. Aroldis Chapman was on the bottom with last licks on the line for the Cleveland Indians. Perez led off against Chapman and struck out. Gimenez walked. Luplow struck out. Hernandez also struck out against Chapman for three in the inning. New York Yankees win 6-3.
The winning pitcher for the New York Yankees was Domingo German the loser was Wittgren and the save went to Aroldis Chapman. The final score was Yankees 6 Indians 3.