NEW YORK (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians were able to bounce back in the Bronx after taking a 4-2 win over New York in an extra inning of Game 2 of the American League Division series Friday.
A double play ended the top of the first inning of Game 2, which kicked off just after 1 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. Shane Bieber took the mound for the bottom of the inning.
Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run homerun gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Bieber gave up no runs in the second inning.
Steven Kwan made a catch to save the inning after the Yankees had two runners on base. The score remained 2-0 at the end of the third inning.
A two-out single by Andres Gimenez drove in Josh Naylor putting Cleveland on the board, seen here. The score was 2-1 Yankees in the fourth inning.
Amed Rosario tied it up with a solo homerun, seen here. The score was 2-2 in the fifth inning.
Guardians relief pitcher Trevor Stephan stepped in for Bieber and kept the score at 2-2 in the sixth inning.
The score remained tied at 2-2 through the ninth inning.
In the 10th, the Guardians finally took the lead with an RBI single from Oscar Gonzalez and an RBI double to center from Josh Naylor, claiming a 4-2 win over the Yankees.
Game 2 of the Cleveland-New York matchup in the AL Division Series was postponed Thursday night because of a rainy forecast. The Guardians and the Yankees are now tied 1-1 in the best-of-five series.
The teams played Friday afternoon in New York, then meet Saturday night in Cleveland.
Bieber was 13-8 with a 2.88 ERA in 200 innings this season, and pitched 7 2/3 innings of three-hit ball to beat Tampa Bay 2-1 last Friday in the wild-card round for his first postseason win. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner faced All-Star lefty Nestor Cortes (12-4).
This week’s rainout ended any chance Cleveland would start Bieber on short rest late in the series. Without the showers, he would have had three days of rest between Game 2 and a potential Game 5. Now, there will be only two days in between.
“It takes out the possibility of Bieber coming back early. Which, to be totally honest, I don’t know how I felt about that to begin with,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said.
José Ramírez and the Guardians were rained out nine times at home this season due to Cleveland’s inconsistent and unpleasant weather.
They had two more postponements on the road, one because of a COVID-19 outbreak. That forced the Guardians to play eight doubleheaders — they even had to push back a celebration and flag-raising ceremony late last month to salute their AL Central championship due to a rainy forecast.
Francona said he’s never seen anything like it.
“And it sounds like when we get back to Ohio, it’s not perfect. They think it’s going to be OK, but we’ll be dodging some raindrops both days it looks like,” he said.
“Play a doubleheader. We’re used to it,” he joked.
New York won Tuesday night’s opener in the best-of-five series 4-1, and the rainout followed an unusual scheduled off day between Games 1 and 2.