GAME ONE SECURED! The Bombers wasted NO time putting their foot down to begin the postseason as they rout the Indians for an EASY 12-3 win.
It all started with an Aaron Judge NUKE to right-center field in the first. His two-run shot gave the Yankees a quick 2-0 lead and also tied him with Reggie Jackson and Lou Gehrig for the most postseason home runs by a Yankee through their first 120 plate appearances. Postseason Judge has arrived once again.
From there, New York would never look back. Luke Voit, Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres would all play key parts in adding an additional NINE runs via base hits with RISP and the long ball.
Giancarlo Stanton would also add a solo shot BOMB in the eight which is just fantastic to see. After weeks of inconsistency, the offense showed up today BIG TIME.
Gerrit Cole absolutely dominated in his first ever postseason start as a Yankee, tossing seven innings of two-run ball while striking out THIRTEEN — only Rogers Clemens has struck out more during a playoff start as a Yankee.
Game two is tomorrow at the same time, 7:08 PM EST on ESPN. The Yankees will be giving the ball to postseason Masahiro Tanaka. The right-hander owns a career ERA over 46 playoff innings. It’s safe to say the Yankees will be in good hands — especially if the offense plays anything like they did tonight. GREAT WIN. LET’S GO YANKEES!
Notable Stats Lines:
LeMahieu: 2-5, R, RBI
Judge: 1-5, R, 2 RBI, HR(1)
Voit: 2-5, R, RBI
Stanton: 1-5, HR, RBI
Urshela: 1-4, R, RBI
Torres: 4-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, HR(1)
Gardner: 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR(1)
Cole: IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 13 SO