CLEVELAND – On the night of the debate, Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees made an introductory statement.
Shane Bieber had no refutation.
The referee broke the tone, a two-time homer on Bieber’s fourth court, Cole scored 13 in his New York playoff debut, and the Yankees opened their WAL Wild Card series with a clear 12-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
Just a few miles from where President Donald Trump and campaign opponent Joe Biden filed their cases in front of the nation in their presidential debate, the Yankees opposed Bieber, who was the best stoma in baseball during the packed regular season but ineffective on his playoff debut.
The referee and the other strikers in New York did not face Bieber in 2020, but were well prepared and made quite sparse cuts against the 25-year-old ace, who gave up the seasonal peaks in the tracks (seven) and hits (nine) over 4 2/3 passes ̵
“The first inning didn’t go according to plan,” Bieber said. “I wish I was in the area with my non-standard things and challenging these guys even more. I was forced to get into some bad situations and some bad factors, except I don’t have my best things and I’m wrong.
“No excuses. It wasn’t good.”
The best of the three series continues on Wednesday night with Carlos Carasco, who is trying to save Cleveland’s season against Masahiro Tanaka.
When Bieber’s last pitch exploded loudly from the empty stands on the left field with a double homer by Glaiber Torres in the fifth, the Yankees were 7-2 and had sent a stormy post-season message to the rest of baseball: Don’t forget us.
“We put in a lot of tracks,” said Brett Gardner, who hit a double homer in the seventh and drove in three. “I don’t think you ever expect this against a pitcher of Shane Bieber. We hope it’s a sign of more good things to come.”
After giving up Torres’ homer, Bieber passed the ball to the current Indian manager Sandy Alomar Jr. and walked slowly to the Cleveland dugout, as if carrying all the city’s hopes for a long run. The Indians lost seven games in a row.
Betting on an early lead for the referee’s homer, Cole showed why the Yankees threw him $ 324 million out of season. The right-hander gave up two runs – including Josh Naylor’s homer – and six goals without a walk for seven assists.
Naylor, who came on a San Diego deadline, made it 4 to 4 and became the first player to score three off-base goals in his debut after the season.
Cole’s strikes were the second-largest pitcher in New York in history since the season. Roger Clemens blew 15 in Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS. Cole also became the first pitcher to score at least 12 in three games since the season.
“We had to set the tone for the show,” Cole said. “Obviously I’m very grateful and humble that I can take the ball and be in that position. Being able to deliver feels really good.”
Giancarlo Stanton added a solo shot in the ninth for the Yankees, who didn’t even have to warm up their best relievers – keeping Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino fresh for game 2.
The referee’s first homer after coming off the injury list on September 16 – and the first allowed by Bieber at home this season – gave the Yankees a stunning 2-0 lead.
“We had a big, long meeting of the attackers to stick to the same plan and just try to work, get off the ground and I think we generally did,” the judge said. “Then this team is dangerous when we go out there and we can just dare the bats.
“Any mistakes that are thrown out there, we fuck them.”
DJ LeMahieu, the AL champion during the wadding, took the lead with a single in front of the referee, who missed 29 games with a tense calf, blew up Bieber’s first pitch, a quick ball in the middle of the board, outside the wall in the center right.
It was just the shot in the hand that the Yankees were looking for after coming 11-18 on the road this season and dropping six of the eight on the stretch.
Unlike the previous four Indian-Yankee matches since 1997, the one played against a pandemic that threatened to destroy the entire season was different in so many ways.
There was almost no noise in the city center, parts of which were cut off due to the debate taking place on the nearby campus of Case Western Reserve. Progressive Field was mostly empty and a cold front lowered the temperature during the game to 61 degrees, so it seemed to fall.
There were a few mosquitoes, those annoying flying insects that crammed with New York reliever Jobba Chamberlain in the 2007 playoffs.
This time, however, it was the Yankees who caused all the chaos.
“Our season,” Gardner said, “began today.
COEFFICIENTS AND END
According to MLB, Cole became AL’s first pitcher with 13 strokes and no walks at the start of the season. … Naylor is the fifth player to make his 4-4 debut or better in his playoff debut, joining AJ Pierzynski (2002), Johnny Damon (2001), Mel Ott (1933) and Frankie Frisch (1921). ).
MLB eased the restrictions on COVID-19 and allowed players’ family members to attend the game.
Boone said nearly half of New York players had loved ones during the trip and believed their presence could have a positive effect.
Cole spends time with his 3-month-old son “between naps. That was the first time we had to go to the ball together as a family.”
The Indians go through the season without their leader.
Manager Terry Francona, who missed 46 games in the regular season due to ill health, watched the match from the suite. Indian President Chris Antonetti said Francona was still recovering, but the 61-year-old was “still 100%”.
Carasco’s inspiring return after being diagnosed with leukemia last year reached the postseason. He will face Tanaka, who placed seven innings for exclusion in Game 3 of ALDS 2017 against Cleveland.
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