Trevor Bauer quiets Yankees’ bats as Bombers drop Game 1, 4-0

Trevor Bauer quiets Yankees’ bats as Bombers drop Game 1, 4-0



CLEVELAND — So much for stealing Game 1.


The Yankees had no chance of doing that.


Not with Trevor Bauer looking even more dominant than likely 2017 AL Cy Young award-winner Corey Kluber on the mound.


Bauer took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Sonny Gray disappointed in his Yankee playoff debut, and the Bombers lost to the Indians 4-0 on Thursday night at Progressive Field.


With Kluber starting Game 2 on Friday, it feels like the Yankees are already in deep trouble.


The Indians are the defending AL champions, after all, and they did win 22 straight games this season. Bauer yielded just two hits over 6.2 shutout innings before turning the ball over to ex-Yankee Andrew Miller.


Gray, who faltered at the end of the regular season, struggled with his command and lasted only 3.1 innings.


He walked four while allowing three runs on three hits — including a two-run homer to ex-Met Jay Bruce in the fourth. Bruce, who could’ve been a Yankee trade acquisition if it wasn’t for the Wilpons, added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Aaron Judge reacts after striking out during the sixth inning.

(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


In his last 10 starts, Gray has surrendered 12 homers. Yankee starters have combined for just 3.2 innings over the first two games of the playoffs.


The Bombers came in with a combined lifetime .668 OPS against Bauer, whose fastball-curveball combination was downright filthy.


Aaron Hicks finally broke up his no-hit bid with a one-out double off the left-field wall in the sixth.


The Yankees came in ranked second in the majors in runs scored during the regular season. They scored eight runs in their victory in the AL wild-card game on Tuesday night.


Bauer went 10-1 with a 2.60 ERA in his final 14 games (13 starts) – including a pair of wins over the Bombers.


Make it three.


CC Sabathia, who will oppose Kluber in Game 2, was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 10 starts following a Yankee loss.

Francisco Lindor (l.) congratulates Trevor Bauer (r.) before Bauer left in the seventh inning.

Francisco Lindor (l.) congratulates Trevor Bauer (r.) before Bauer left in the seventh inning.

(Phil Long/AP)


The Bombers will essentially ask him to save their season on Friday afternoon.


PLAY OF THE GAME


Jason Kipnis, who has switched positioned, robbed Chase Headley of a leadoff hit in the second with a diving catch in center.


TURNING POINT


Jay Bruce’s two-run homer off Sonny Gray, which followed a leadoff walk by Edwin Encarnacion, gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.


STAR OF THE GAME


Trevor Bauer, who made Terry Francona look like a genius with his performance on the mound. It was Francona who elected to start Kluber in Game 2 so he could set him up for regular rest in Game 5 — or Game 1 of the ALCS.


STAT OF THE GAME


The Game 1 winner takes the LDS 72 percent of the time, since 1995.


UNSUNG HERO


Carlos Santana, who always seems to have terrific at-bats.


MIA


Aaron Judge. The AL MVP candidate went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.


UP NEXT


Friday at Cleveland (Game 2), 5:08 p.m. CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA) vs. Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25)

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