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ALDS: Yankees Shock Indians, Force Game 5

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With their backs up against the wall, the New York Yankees needed a win on a rainy Monday night in the Bronx, to tie the series and force a Game five in Cleveland.  After their 1-0 win in Game three, you could feel the momentum start to shift their way.

After a scoreless 1.2 innings the Yankees broke through for four runs in the bottom of the second highlighted by an RBI double from Todd Frazier, an RBI single from Aaron Hicks and to round out the scoring, a two-RBI double off the bat of Aaron Judge.

The Yanks added a run in the next inning to extend the lead to 5-0.

The Indians managed to score two runs in the top of the fourth and one in the top of the fifth, to pull within two runs at 5-3. Both runs came on homers off the bats of Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez.

Grand Slam New York

In the bottom of the frame, the Yankees extended the lead to 6-3 and in the bottom of the sixth, they added one more on Gary Sanchez‘s third home run of the 2017 postseason, making the score 7-3.

Starter Luis Severino, who had a horrendous start to his postseason career in the Wild Card game against the Minnesota Twins, rebounded and redeemed himself and picked up his team with seven innings, allowing four hits, three runs, a walk, while striking out nine batters to earn the win.

Dellin Bestances relieved Severino in the eighth and could not retire a batter as he walked two batters and the balls were nowhere near the strike zone.  Tommy Kahnle was then summoned to take over and worked out of the jam left by Bestanaces, and in the ninth, struck out the side to earn the save and send the Yanks to a deciding fifth game in Cleveland on Wednesday.

What seemed like a sure Indians series victory, now has the winningest team in the majors the last month up against the wall, while the Yanks are now poised to continue their surge in the playoffs.

Who will advance? Stay tuned….

David Conde
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