Get ready for the Yankees-Rays in the ALDS.
The Yankees have earned their way in the top five game against rivals AL East, leaving the Indians on the road to an exhausting 10-9 victory in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series Wednesday night. at the Cleveland Progressive Camp.
After beating a pair of drivers in two stages, the Yankees organized a rally twice in the ninth against Indians closer Brad Hand that cleared a one-run deficit.
Giancarlo Stanton set up a leading march in the ninth and Gio Urshela followed with a soft shot to center field. That advanced pinch-runner Mike Tauchman to second. Gleyber Torres jumped on a chopper behind the mound that Mano hadn’t handled.
With the bases loaded and with no exits, Brett Gardner made the shot on a 3-2 pitch. Which brought Gary Sanchez to the plate. His fly to the center scored Tauchman and tied the score, 9-9. DJ LeMahieu hit a 0-2 ground in the middle of hell for a single that put Urshela ahead and put the Yankees ahead, 10-9.
Aroldis Chapman, who came into the game in the eighth, recorded the last three outs.
Urshela made a grand slam, Sanchez gave a two-handed homer and Stanton made a homer for the second straight game to help the Yankees get out of a 4-0 draw Masahiro Tanaka dropped them in the first inning.
The Yankees and Rays, who have been squabbling with each other for several seasons and who have a real misfortune for each other, will open the best-of-five ALDS Monday in San Diego. The Yankees have struggled with AL East Rays champions this season against whom they have lost eight of 10 innings.
The Rays advanced to face the Yankees by beating the Blue Jays two straight.
The Indians canceled out a 6-4 lead in the fifth and an 8-6 deficit in the seventh and jumped ahead in the eighth when Jonathan Loaisiga walked the first two batters and Chapman gave up a single bloop to Cesar Hernandez who scored Delino DeShields for a 9-8 lead.
Urshela converted a safe base shot in a 5-4-3 double in the eighth to give the Yankees a chance in the ninth inning.
No beginner gave anything close to a solid exit.
Tanaka gave up six runs and five hits in four innings and Carlos Carrasco made four runs and two hits in three frames.
Leading, 8-6, entering sixth house, Chad Green gave up two singles and was replaced by Zack Britton with one out and runners up first and second. Britton went on a full count on Francisco Lindor and gave him a finished 5-4-3 double-handed win to keep his head intact.
Britton walked two with two outs in the seventh, and when Indian manager Sandy Alomar Jr. using right-hander who hit Jordan Luplow to blame for hot smoker Josh Naylor, a left-handed swinger, Aaron Boone contrasted with right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga, not Adam Ottavino. Luplow made a 1-2 shot for a double that marked two and made the tie, 8-8. Loaisiga hit Roberto Perez with a pitch but was blocked two times by Tyler Naquin on a grounder on the right side.
Scheduled to start at 7:08 pm but delayed until 7:51 am due to what was expected to be rain that never fell, the first entry was a headache on several levels for the Yankees.
With one out and the Indians leading, 1-0, on the double behind Hernandez and Jose Ramirez, the game was stopped due to strong winds and heavy rains.
After a 33-minute delay, Tanaka retreated to Carlos Santana but marched to Franmil Reyes and gave an RBI double to Naylor, scoring on Perez’s single for a 4-0 lead. It was Naylor’s fifth success in five series to beat after going 4-for-4 with a homer in Game 1.