Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees


What if this group of pinstriped youngsters falls well short of the expectations it created?

The starting pitcher was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Yankees at Major League Baseball's non-wavier trade deadline, and he's set to make his debut with NY on Thursday against the Cleveland Indians. His teammates performed terribly, however, and now the Yankees find themselves owners of a three-game losing streak and two games behind the Red Sox (one in the loss column) in the American League East.

"We may have to piece it together a little more out there (with Miller on the DL), but the early returns on Olson have been really good", Indians manager Terry Francona said.

"That's just part of the game, " said Gray, who lasted six innings. Everything didn't fit exactly right in Gray's opening night as a Yankee, including his cap, which was a bit too big. Three horrendous errors (Clint Frazier, Chase Headley and Tyler Wade were the culprits) set the stage for an immediate uphill climb that was impossible to overcome versus "The Klubot".

Brandon Guyer led off the third with a single and headed for third on Michael Brantley's single.

Making this loss even worse is this sobering note: it was the first time the Yankees were shut out in a regular-season game at home by the Tigers since the second game of a doubleheader on August 10, 1991. After that, he started doing this thing, where he would repeat the words out loud, over and over: The Yankees ... the Yankees ... the Yankees! "We might use Cody earlier in games, depending on the situation". The 5-foot-10ish right-hander battled his tail off.

Jaime Garcia struggled in his Yankees debut on Friday against the Indians, allowing six runs (five earned) over 4 2/3 innings. He picked up six outs on the ground. It's unbelievable. I just don't think it was fair.

"He looked rusty", Girardi said.

That's because Gray (6-6) kept the Indians (58-48) in check until two out in the sixth, when No. 8 hitter Yan Gomes banged a hanging slider for a two-run double off the high wall in left-center field, giving Cleveland a 4-0 lead. "Everybody talks about his two-seamer and curveball, and he still put guys away with that, but getting ahead with the four-seamer, especially against some of their good lefties, you don't expect him to do that". Gray owned his results despite deserving far better.

Kluber has now struck out eight batters in 12 consecutive start, which not only extended his Indians record, but also placing him among a list of three hall of famers to accomplish the feat: Randy Johnson (four times), Pedro Martinez (twice) and Nolan Ryan. In winning the first two of the four-game series, Indians starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Bauer combined for 16 innings, allowing two runs (1.13 ERA), with 18 strikeouts and three walks.

"Definitely I think we both have a lot of trust in each other throughout the game we just discuss things between innings and it doesn't take long to kind of get on the same page when we're talking about something", Kluber said.

Francona does have a new option in side-armer Joe Smith, who was acquired in a trade on Monday from Toronto.

So far, those haven't masked the Yankees' offensive woes.

To be fair, Kluber was facing a Yankees B-team lineup that didn't include Aaron Judge, Matt Holliday or Todd Frazier.

They can spin these as long-term moves, with Gray, Kahnle and Robertson all under control beyond this season.

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