Bird came through with the huge hit NY had to have when he connected against loser Andrew Miller in the seventh.
Carrasco has not lost since August 22 and finished out the regular season by allowing one or zero runs in six of his final seven turns. Then he homered off a 95 miles per hour fastball that was right down the middle. The left-hander ended the eighth by blowing a 102 miles per hour fastball by Giovanny Urshela. The Indians trailed by as many as five runs, and Gomes' hit capped off the biggest comeback in Cleveland playoff history.
So, the Yankees are down two game to none and they must win the two games in NY or the 2017 season ends as soon as today. Judge wasn't given an error though it's a play he should make and Kipnis got into third base without an issue. Terry Francona is more likely to let Carlos Carrasco try to figure things out if he gets in trouble, Joe Girardi probably can't do that with Masahjro Tanaka. The Indians did not help, abandoning their noteworthy patience from the past while hacking wildly at their opponent's best pitch. Twice he got batters to hit into inning-ending double plays.
"Well, one, you're trying to win".
Encarnacion hit 38 homers with 107 RBIs in his first season with the Indians.
Chapman was called on early when it looked like the Indians might scrape together some momentum in the eighth inning. Over the past two seasons, the difference in velocity between the two was below-average at approximately 7 miles per hour. Among starters throwing the pitch more than 10 percent of the time, only Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians (3.6 runs saved per 100 pitches) and Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks (2.8 runs saved per 100 pitches) had a more effective change-up during the regular season. Fister allowed four hits, walked one and struck out one.
The rest of the Indians bullpen was stellar, however, working 9 2/3rds innings allowing no runs on three hits while walking two and striking out six.
Astros reliever Francisco Liriano (0-1) gave up the go-ahead homer to Devers and took the loss.
Kluber gave up a two-run homer to Gary Sanchez in the first inning and a three-run dinger to Aaron Hicks in the top of the third.
"So hyped up, the whole game, on their feet, every two strike count we were up cheering". In the same first round, Jose Altuve rejoins the baseball postseason with three home runs in Game 1 against the Red Sox.
A bases-loaded single with nobody out in the seventh by Ramirez and a bloop RBI single from Devers the next at-bat put Boston ahead 7-3.
He is 6-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 12 second-half starts, including a dominant outing in his final regular-season appearance.