BaseballMonkey Clearance Craze! Up to 50% Off Bats, Gloves & Mots, Balls, Apparel and more! Shop Now!
Legends On Deck

ALDS: Bauer And Crew Shut Down Yankees Bats In 4-0 Victory

Embed from Getty Images

The Cleveland Indians are on a mission to give their fans the elusive World Series Title and on Thursday night against the New York Yankees they took that first important step.

In the first game of the ALDS, the Indians showed just how difficult it will be for any team to stop this fast-moving locomotive. We all saw them win 22 straight games down the stretch, and finish 26-4 in their last 30 games. This is a team that is poised to run through the postseason straight to the crown and after they dismantled the Yankees lineup on Thursday, there seems to be no way to stop them.

Trevor Bauer, who won a career high 17 games this season, had a no-hitter through 5.1 innings before giving up a one-out double to Aaron Hicks. En route to his first postseason victory, he allowed just two hits, shutting out the Yankees for 6.2 innings, walked one batter, and struck out eight in a masterful performance.  His key to success; take the bats away from the big hitters and he proved that as he befuddled Aaron Judge with nasty breaking balls, fanning the AL home run leader four times.

As for the offense, the Indians had just enough, scoring a run in the second and the biggest blow coming from the bat of Jay Bruce, as he launched a two-run bomb over the right field fence to extend the lead to 3-0. Bruce then added an insurance run in the fifth on a sac-fly scoring Jose Ramirez for a 4-0 lead.

Rebound Rewards at BaseballMonkey: Earn $5 in rewards for every $100 spent! See site for details. Shop now!

Other than Hicks, Starlin Castro was the only Yankee that had any success on the night as he finished 2 for 4, with two singles.  But the Indians pitchers stole the show as they confused the Yankee hitters and kept an explosive offense in check.

After Bauer, Andrew Miller tossed an inning, walking two and striking three and Cody Allen earned the save with 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit, no walks and three strikeouts.

The Indians now look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five game series, when they take the field at 5:00 pm Friday with 18-game winner Corey Kluber matching up against Yankees CC Sabathia.

Will the Yankees bounce back and take down the giant or will the Indians continue their march to the title? Stay tuned…….

David Conde

David Conde

Co-Founder/Executive Editor at Legends On Deck®
David is the Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®. He was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com. David's idea forLegends on Deck is to be a site where passionate fans of the game have a place to read about their favorite baseball teams. The site is also for people who had a talent to write or even take photographs and have the platform to share. The passion of following the Minor Leagues can be seen all over the site as the players journey's are what what drives the LOD team to share their content. David's passion is making available a site that people can have fun sharing and reading.

You can also reach out to David at daconde@legendsondeck.com
David Conde