The Indians pulled off a 7-3 win over the Yankees on Friday in a game that featured a couple of errors and unearned runs, some clutch hitting, nail biting, and another fine pitching performance from Carlos Carrasco.
The Tribe scored first (which is as it should be), when Francisco Lindor singled home Jose Ramirez, who had hit a triple in his first at-bat of the night, in the 3rd. The Yankees tied it up 1-1 on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird single. The Indians pulled ahead in the 5th, when Yankee shortstop Brendan Ryan fielded Francisco Lindor’s hit and then let the ball pop out of his glove, allowing Abraham Almonte to make the score 2-1. A win is always a win, but who wants to win on an unearned run? It ain’t bonafide.
The Indians scored again in the 6th on a solo home run by Carlos Santana that was more like a gift. Santana hit a foul ball that went back to the stands behind home plate on the third base side. Yankee catcher Brian McCann chased it, had it, and lost it. The Indians owe a lot to a women holding a yellow piece of paper in the first row. While she didn’t technically interfere with McCann, she didn’t make it any easier for him either. He had the ball and then he didn’t, but never had control. Instead of an out, it was a foul ball, and Santana stayed alive. He sent the next pitch over the wall in right field, making the score 3-1, albeit on runs that felt a little tainted.
It wasn’t until the 7th, when Michael Brantley singled home Jose Ramirez (who scored 3 runs and went 3-3 with a walk), that the Indians’ lead felt legit.
Carlos Carrasco is starting to make a habit of pitching fabulous games. He did it again on Friday night, going 6 2/3 innings, giving up 1 earned run, 1 walk, and striking out 11. While he was on the mound, the Yankees were kind of stymied. It was only when Carrasco left the game that things went momentarily awry.
The Yankees scored 2 runs in the bottom on the 8th, including an unearned run on an error by second baseman Jose Ramirez (Jason Kipnis was DH-ing). With the score 4-3 going into the 9th, the Indians could win if the bullpen didn’t collapse. Beyond there, there was the whole bonafide issue. With one unearned run and one run coming after what should have been an out, I was dying for them to score a couple more times to make it clean win.
The Indians answered my prayers. Ramirez quickly redeemed himself, leading off the 9th inning with a single. Jason Kipnis followed up with a ground rule double. Ramirez then scored on a Michael Brantley single, making the score 5-3. Ramirez had a great game at the plate, going 3-3 with a walk and scored 3 runs. He is playing like a man who would rather not visit Columbus, Ohio, anytime soon.
Carlos Santana hit into a force out that scored Kipnis. And then Jerry Sands–remember him, the hero of early April?–smacked a double on which Santana scored. From First Base. Will wonders never cease?
Cody Allen sent down the Yankees 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th to finish things off. The game ended on an amazing over-the-head catch by centerfielder Abraham Almonte, who has been making me feel people good about things in centerfield. Final score: Indians 7, Yankees 3. How bonafide is that?