CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, 9-8, in 13 innings.
Indians ace and Cy Young contender Corey Kluber started on the mound Friday evening at Progressive Field. Kluber walked All-Star Aaron Judge then Gary Sanchez homered to center. Then the Indians went to work to tie it up.
Francisco Lindor was safe at first thanks to an error then Jose Ramirez walked. Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch, loading up the bases for a Carlos Santana double. That knotted the game at 2-2.
Encarnacion was helped off the field after landing awkwardly on the bag at second. The Indians said he suffered a right ankle sprain. He was replaced in the batting order by Michael Brantley.
In the second inning, Austin Jackson hit a single, Yan Gomes hit into a fielder’s choice and Jason Kipnis singled. The Tribe managed to get one run to end the inning.
New York battled back with an RBI single and a two-run homer in the third. Two innings later, Mike Clevinger gave up a two-run homer to Greg Bird.
It seemed like the Indians were done. But a Lindor grand slam in the sixth made the score 8-7, Yankees in the sixth. Jay Bruce continued his hot streak, adding a two-run bomb.
With the game knotted up, it headed into extra innings. The score remained at 8 a piece in the 10th.
The Indians went through relief pitchers Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller, Joe Smith and Cody Allen. In the 12th inning, Josh Tomlin, who was slated to start Game 4, went to the mound.
The game would stretch into the 13th. That’s when Jackson got a walk. Then Gomes singled to left for the walk-off win.