The Yankees cooled off Danny Salazar and most of the Indians’ hitters for only their second win against the Tribe this season, chalking up a relatively easy 6-2 victory.
Salazar was riding a streak of seven quality starts. But that ended in a hurry after Danny gave up 6 hits the first time through the Yankees’ order on the way to yielding 5 runs in the first 2 innings. What added to the bummer was that Salazar started with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a first inning Francisco Lindor solo shot onto the short Yankee porch in right.
The Yankees took full advantage of that same porch with Brett Gardner parking a 2-run dinger there in the bottom of the first, followed by Brian McCann depositing his own solo homer for good measure two batters later.
Salazar added to his own misery in the second. After giving up back-to-back singles to start the frame, he snagged a come-backer from Jacoby Ellsbury that should have turned into a double play. Instead, he threw wide of Lindor rushing to cover second base, allowing one run to score and giving Carlos Beltran the opportunity to get an RBI sac fly for another run.
After 2 innings, Salazar was at 55 pitches. To his credit, he hung in there for another 2.2 innings without coughing up another run. In fact, he lasted longer than Terry Francona today. Tito was ejected in the third inning for rightfully arguing a called force out at second base. Michael Brantley (who for once went hitless) bounced a ball to Greg Bird at first, who threw to shortstop Didi Gregorius covering second in an attempt to start a double play. The throw was wide right and replays showed without a doubt that it pulled Gregorius off the bag before he caught the ball. This was not a “neighborhood play” because Gregorius was more like in next zip code than the neighborhood when he caught the ball. The umpire crew huddled but declared that the play stood as called. Tito apparently didn’t like the lame decision and argued until he was tossed.
Offensively for the Tribe, Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall were the whole show except for a single by Roberto Perez in the top of the ninth, rendered even more meaningless when Jose Ramirez grounded into a double play on the next at-bat. In addition to his homer, Lindor had a single and a lead-off double in the eighth, and scored both of the Tribe’s runs. Chisenhall was 2 for 3 with a walk. His second single drove home Lindor to cash in on the lead-off double.
The Indians look to take the four-game series tomorrow with Trevor Bauer getting the start. No matter what the year or the team’s record, I still get a bigger thrill when the Tribe is able to beat the Yankees.