CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer made Aaron Decide look foolish, and made his supervisor seem like a genius.
One yr after almost costing the Indians a visit to the World Collection, Bauer helped them take step one again.
Named a shock starter for Recreation 1, Bauer chopped Decide and New York’s different massive bats right down to measurement, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as Cleveland started chasing its first World Collection title in sixty nine years with a four-zero win over the Yankees on the Thursday night time within the opener of the AL Division Collection.
Bauer struck out Decide 3 times , twice getting the MVP candidate wanting. He allowed simply two hits in 6 2-three innings earlier than supervisor Terry Francona, who selected to start out the fitting-hander over ace Corey Kluber, turned to baseball’s greatest bullpen, utilizing Andrew Miller and nearer Cody Allen to complete the three-hitter.
Allen got here in with two on and two outs within the eighth to face Decide, who struck out for the fourth time and the rookie angrily snatched at his bat frustration. Allen then labored the ninth for a save.
Decide’s verdict on Bauer was unanimous in New York’s clubhouse.
“He was mixing his pitches properly, he was utilizing the corners extraordinarily properly,” he stated. “You’ve acquired to tip your cap typically. We’ve simply acquired to select ourselves up and prepare for tomorrow.”
New York’s now received to face Kluber, an 18-recreation winner in the course of the common season. He’ll begin Recreation 2 on Friday towards CC Sabathia.
Bruce related for a two-run homer within the fourth off Sonny Grey and added a sacrifice fly within the fifth because the Indians started a journey to attempt to finish the majors’ longest Collection title drought.
Eyebrows have been raised when Francona picked Bauer as an alternative of Kluber, and the eccentric proper-hander, maybe greatest recognized for slicing a pinkie open whereas repairing a drone throughout final yr’s postseason and bleeding everywhere in the mound in Toronto, delivered a efficiency that began October good for the Indians.
“The mindset was to go on the market like a better within the first inning and put up a scoreless inning in any respect prices,” Bauer stated. “After which if I used to be nonetheless within the recreation, do it once more within the second inning and the third and on till I used to be taken out of the sport. So no-hitter, 10-hitter, or no matter, that was the mindset. I by no means actually strayed from that.”
Coming off their win over Minnesota within the wild-card recreation Tuesday, when Decide homered in his playoff debut, the Yankees got here in with momentum.
Bauer stopped the Bronx Bombers chilly.