Yankees Come Back From 2-0 Series Deficit to Shock Indians

-Nick Pooler

The Yankees may come as the biggest surprise to everyone in this years postseason. They have been led by the great pitching and bats, but one that has stuck out the most is Didi Gregorius. Wednesday night Gregorius single handedly sent the New York Yankees to the ALCS. He homered twice off of Indians starter Corey Kluber in both of his first two at bats. Yankees starter CC Sabathia went 4.1 innings giving up no walks and striking out nine batters. He went strong until giving up two runs on a Roberto Perez RBI single that scored Austin Jackson, and an RBI singled from third baseman Giovanny Urshela that plated Jay Bruce. Sabathia left two base runners in the fifth with one out after the pair of singles when David Robertson came on and got the Indians to ground into a double play to end the threat and leaving it at 3-2 Yankees through five. Andrew Miller came on and was his usual self pitching two scoreless innings out of the pen giving up two hits and striking out five. In the top of the seventh, the Indians had a chance to get a spark when they struck out Aaron Judge (0-5, 3 K’s) on a 3-2 count and threw out Brett Gardner to end the inning on the same pitch. But the spark was short lived when in the top of the ninth, Gardner singled to right after an eleven pitch at bat with Cody Allen that scored Aaron Hicks and also plated Todd Frazier on a throwing error from Jay Bruce as he went to throw the ball back into the infield and it went under the glove of Francisco Lindor. This gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead and helped them pull off the biggest upset of their season. The Yankees will head to Houston for game one of the American League Championship Series, they will continue to use the starting rotation that includes Sonny Gray, Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino and CC Sabathia. This will for sure be an explosive series that includes a great amount of young talent from both teams. Game one will be Friday night.