The Baby Bombers have arrived ahead of schedule. This young Yankees team just pulled off one the more improbable playoff comebacks in recent memory against an Indians team that won a record 22 games in a row en route to 102 win season.
Here’s how it went down:
After a terrible Game 2 loss in which the Yankees blew an 8-3 lead, many counted this team out and Joe Girardi’s job was very much in question. The Yankees had some soul searching to do as they headed back to New York needing 3 straight wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. The only guys in America who gave this team a chance were those in the Yankee clubhouse. Gary Sanchez sent this now infamous tweet prior to Game 3.
The Yanks sent out Masahiro Tanaka in Game 3 while Carlos Carrasco, one of the AL’s best, toed the rubber for Cleveland. Tanaka was lights out in front of a raucous crowd as the game went scoreless for 6 innings. Then, with 2 outs in the 7th inning, Greg Bird ignited the team and the city with a solo home run off Andrew Miller, who had only given up 1 home run to opposing lefties the entire season.
The Yankees never trailed again in the series. The bullpen locked up Game 3 and the Yanks turned to 23 year old stud Luis Severino in Game 4 to redeem his poor Wildcard game performance and extend the Yankees season.
And boy did Sevy deliver, going 7 strong with 4 hits and 3 earned, Severino did what he needed to do in order to ensure that the Yankees lived to see another day. The Yankees got to Trevor Bauer early by way of a 4 run 2nd inning that chased the drone flying weirdo from the game. A shaky relief outing from Dellin Betances was saved by Tommy Kahnle, who struck out 5 of 6 batters in the final two innings to seal the win. The series was tied at 2-2 as the Yanks packed their bags for Cleveland looking to complete the improbable comeback.
In tonight’s deciding Game 5, CC Sabathia faced off against likely AL Cy Young winner, Corey Kluber. However, Did Gregorious decided that he could care-less about Kluber’s stupid regular season award, as Sir Didi took Kluber deep on a 1-2 count in the first inning to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead.
But Didi wasn’t done, in his second at bat of the game, with a runner on first, Sir October sent another ball into the seats to extend the Yankees lead to 3-0.
As for CC, he was spectacular through 4 1/3 innings against his former squad, striking out 8 batters and tossing a shutout. However, Sabathia ran into trouble when Cleveland rattled off 4 straight singles in the 5th inning, tallying 2 runs. CC was relieved by David Robertson with runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out and Francisco Lindor coming to the plate. Then, Didi showed that he can win the game with his glove as well as he turned a 6–6-3 double play to end the inning in what was one of the game’s most crucial moments.
Robertson pitched a lights out 6th and 7th; then the Yankees turned to Aroldis Chapman for a 6 out save. In the top of the 9th, the Yankees dialed up Jake from State Farm in hopes for some insurance runs. After a 2 out Aaron Hicks single, and a 9 pitch at bat for Todd “The Toddfather” Frazier that resulted in a walk, Brett Gardner stepped up to the plate. Looking to break the game open, Brett The Jet had one of the greatest at bats I’ve ever seen against on of the best closers in the game, Cody Allen. After fouling off pitch after pitch, Brett did this on the 12th pitch of the at bat:
Unreal. Here’s the at-bat pitch by pitch:
With a 5-2 cushion in the bottom of the 9th, The Cuban Missile walked the leadoff man but proceeded to get the next 3 outs, culminating with a strikeout of Austin Jackson to send the Yankees to the ALCS.
With the win, the Yankees became the 10th team in MLB history to comeback from an 0-2 series deficit, and just the 5th team to win the final game on the road. They’ve also won 4 straight elimination games for the first time in franchise history.
And they did it all without much production from their two biggest bats, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, who were a combined 5 for 39 in the series.
Now, the team moves onto Houston where they’ll face Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the ALCS. At this point, the Yanks are playing with house money. They have nothing to lose. The season is already a massive success. Nobody expected this young team to make the playoffs, let alone the ALCS. But here we are, the Baby Bombers are marching into Houston with a ton of momentum as they look to return to the World Series for the first time since 2009.