The Yankees put together their 2016 roster in the model of the Royals of the past few years–hoping that a dominant bullpen would be able to mask their other flaws and win close games all year. It may not have worked all year, but that’s certainly what happened tonight.
The Indians fell in the 11th inning, 7-6, to the Yankees today after being silenced by 2 1/3 innings from the flamethrowing Aroldis Chapman, who along with Andrew Miller shut down the Indians in the late innings of the game while Cleveland threw the likes of Dan Otero and Tommy Hunter (explain to me again why Joba Chamberlain was DFAed?), and it eventually caught up to the Indians.
The Indians hit well off of CC Sabathia, but the same was surprisingly true of the Yankees and Danny Salazar, who looked more like last year’s version of himself than the dominant pitcher we’ve come to expect this year, allowing a season-high six runs.
It was back-and-forth for a while there in the middle innings, with the two teams exchanging the lead several times, but in the end, the Yankees’ dominant bullpen held off Cleveland’s offense in a way the Indians’ bullpen simply couldn’t. They have one more chance to even the series and avenge this extra-inning loss, tomorrow at 1.