With their backs against a wall, the New York Yankees took Game 4 from Cleveland Guardians 4-2, to force a decisive game 5 in the ALDS.
On Monday, the series will return to the Bronx. Jameson Taillon and Aaron Civale are expected to pitch “bullpen” games.
This one was a big win for the Yankees. Anthony Rizzo brought home Gleyber Tores. He also singled to make it 2-0. Aaron Judge stole a second to allow him to score.
Harrison Bader then made it 3-0 with a two-run home run to the left-field seats.
Fans have shown that it doesn’t matter how the score is. The Guardians will fight.
With another hit from Jose Ramirez’s bat, they got on the scoreboard. He will continue to take them as he comes. Steven Kwan was able to make his way home after the ball fell into the hands of no one, but Ramirez was caught in the bag and was immediately thrown out.
Josh Naylor scored the next run, hitting a solo homer in right field. While running around the bases, Naylor performed the “rock the Baby” celebration while he gazed down at his dugout as he made his way to home plate. This made it 3-2 in favor of the Guardians.
The Yankees managed to add one more run with Giancarlo Staton pitching a ball to left field. Kwan found it for a sacrifice fly and not a two-RBI hit.
Cole left the game after 110 pitches, seven innings, and two earned runs. He struck out eight Guardians while walking one and gave up two earned runs.
Clay Holmes would start the eighth inning. He walked Kwan but was able to strike out Amed Rosario. Jose Trevino’s good frame had Will Little calling him out, despite the pitch being very low. Ramirez ended the frame.
After throwing 42 pitches on Friday and Saturday, Wandy Peralta threw seven pitches to beat Naylor Gonzalez, Oscar Gonzalez, and Andres Gimenez.
Cal Quantrill, the Guardians’ pitcher, got the start. He lasted only five innings, giving up three earned runs and four hits while striking out three, and walking one.
Cody Morris provided two solid innings of relief for the Guardians, striking out three and not allowing a run in the seventh or eighth innings.
The Guardians kept their game alive with outstanding defensive play on the field, including diving play by Ramirez with runners at first and second. This resulted in an inning-ending double play to prevent more runs from coming through in the top of the fifth.