The Yankees lost to the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, on Sunday in the series finale at Yankee Stadium. They ended up losing three out of four games in the series and have now lost five out of seven games this season to the last place Indians. The loss combined with the Toronto Blue Jays win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim put the Yankees back in second place by half a game.
Dellin Betances allowed the game-winning run to the Indians in the 8th inning as Francisco Lindor blasted a homer to right on a fastball. Lindor went 3-5 and Betances allowed a run for the second straight game after not giving up a run in his previous 18 games. “Every once in a while it is going to happen,” Joe Girardi said. “He got in a 3-2 count, he left a fastball up and Lindor jumped on it.”
Lindor was the first left handed better to hit a round tripper against Betances. “I felt like I was missing glove handed side,” Betances said. “I fell behind again and Lindor hit a home run. I don’t want to walk him there so I am just trying to go after him. It was up and he put a good swing on it.” Lindor hit his homer to right after a great throw by Brian McCann got Jose Ramirez out as he was trying to steal second.
The Yankees scored their first run of the game in the third inning when Jacoby Ellsbury crossed home plate and Brett Gardner was safe at second on throwing error by Indians catcher Yan Gomes. The Yankees tied the score at three in the seventh inning on Carlos Beltran’s ground rule double that bounced into the stands in foul territory in left. Stephen Drew and Ellsbury scored.
In the fifth inning, the Indians almost had their third run, but Mike Aviles was thrown out trying to tag from third after a perfect short hop throw by Gardner and tag by John Ryan Murphy. The Indians would score their third run later in the inning when Branden Pinder walked Abraham Almonte with the bases loaded.
The Yankees pitchers combined to walk 10 batters against the Indians, which included four by CC Sabathia and three by Pinder. “I think there were a lot of walks on both sides,” Girardi said. “You are going to have those days too. You have got some young kids out there. That is not really a concern.”
CC Sabathia threw an 88 mph outside fastball to Carlos Santana in the first inning that he easily hit a home run on. Sabathia has a 5.80 ERA on regular rest this season (12 starts). He had to leave the game after 2.2 innings with a right knee injury after allowing two runs on four hits and four walks.
Brian Cashman said that he assumed that Sabathia will have to go on the disabled list based on how he had to leave the game. If he does go on the disabled list it is possible that he will not rejoin the rotation when he returns based on his 5.27 ERA.
Indians closer Cody Allen came into the game with two outs in the eighth inning and he recorded his sixth save of four or more outs of the season. That is the most of any closer in baseball.
The Yankees were only 1-8 with runners in scoring position and the No. 2-5 hitters combined to go 2-14. Greg Bird’s ground ball up the middle on the first pitch he saw in the sixth was the second hit of the game for the Yankees and Jacoby Ellsbury was the only player on the team with a multi-hit game.
Trevor Bauer, who had allowed 11 earned runs in his previous two starts combined, only allowed one earned run in his 6.1 innings pitched. He was able to repeatedly pitch out of trouble as he walked six batters.
The Yankees will conclude their homestand with a three-game series from Monday-Wednesday against the Houston Astros, who are in first place in the AL Central. Nathan Eovaldi will get the start on Monday night, and he had an excellent splitter and threw 25 pitches that were 100 mph or faster in his previous start.