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Masahiro Tanaka was charged with six runs over four-plus frames Wednesday, escaping with a no-decision as the Yankees outlasted the Indians 10-9.
The beginning of the game was delayed by rain and another rain delay arrived with one out and a runner on second base in the bottom of the first inning. Tanaka came back out after a short delay but didn’t look sharp in yielding three more runs in the frame. He started to settle in after that, though, facing just one over the minimum in his next three innings. In hindsight, manager Aaron Boone surely wishes he’d have pulled him at that point, but he let Tanaka start the fifth before yanking him following double and a walk. Both of those inherited runners immediately scored when Chad Green gave up a two-run double to Jose Ramirez which knotted things up. The lead changed hands multiple times in this one before the Yankees ultimately prevailed and stamped their ticket to the ALDS.
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Carlos Carrasco lasted only three-plus innings Wednesday versus the Yankees, getting charged with four runs.
It was an odd start to this one, as the game was delayed by rain before first pitch and again in the middle of the bottom of the first inning. Carrasco served up a home run to Giancarlo Stanton, who was the second batter he faced following the in-game delay, but rebounded to retire five of the next six batters he faced. The righty allowed a leadoff triple in the fourth on a ball that was misplayed by center fielder Delino DeShields and then walked back-to-back hitters to load the bases. Interim skipper Sandy Alomar elected to pull Carrasco at that point in favor of James Karinchak, who promptly gave up a go-ahead grand slam to Gio Urshela. Carrasco threw 73 pitches over his three-plus frames, so it’s hard to blame Alomar here, especially when factoring in the rain delay.
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Aroldis Chapman picked up a win as he fanned four over two scoreless frames Wednesday in the Yankees' win over the Indians.
Chapman was summoned in the eighth inning with two on and no one out and the Yanks nursing a one-run advantage. He immediately coughed that up on a bloop RBI single by Cesar Hernandez. However, the flamethrower got out of the frame without further damage being done and went back out for the ninth after his team had re-taken the lead. Oscar Mercado reached with two out on a passed ball, but Chapman got Austin Hedges swinging to end it. He needed just 24 pitches to cover his two innings, throwing 20 for strikes.
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Brad Hand suffered a blown save Wednesday in the Indians' Wild Card Series Game 2 loss to the Yankees.
It was a back-and-forth affair between the two clubs, but the Indians were able to give the ball to Hand with a one-run advantage in the top of the ninth. Considering that he was 16-for-16 in save chances during the regular season, they had to be feeling pretty good. However, the closer immediately got into hot water as he loaded the bases with no one out. After fanning Brett Gardner, Hand allowed a game-tying sac fly to Gary Sanchez. Then came the nail in the coffin in the form of a DJ LeMahieu RBI single on an 0-2 pitch. Hand's velocity was down this season, but he was highly effective overall and will enter the free agent market this winter.
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James Karinchak gave up a go-ahead grand slam and failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in an appearance versus the Yankees on Wednesday.
After Carlos Carrasco walked back-to-back hitters to load the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, interim manager Sandy Alomar decided it was time to hand the ball over to Karinchak. The reliever ran the count full to Gio Urshela and then threw a fastball down and in which Urshela pummeled into the left field seats. Karinchak then walked the next two batters and was pulled. We don’t fault Alomar’s decision in going to his dominant reliever, but Karinchak can lose his command and control at times and, unfortunately, it happened in this one.
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Giancarlo Stanton ripped a solo home run and plated two runs on Wednesday in Cleveland.
Stanton got the scoring going for the Yankees with an opposite-field bomb in the second inning off of Carlos Carrasco, giving him a long ball in each of the two Wild Card Series contests. He also produced a sacrifice fly, drew a pair of walks and scored an additional run. It's been another injury-shortened campaign for Stanton, but he's been hitting when healthy.
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Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series.
Arcia got the Brewers back into the game in the fourth with a two-run shot off of Walker Buehler to make it 3-2 Dodgers. It's the fourth postseason homer for the shortstop, who came into Wednesday with an OPS of .910 in 11 career playoff games. He also struck out three times in this game, however, and Milwaukee is now a loss away from ending their 2020 campaign.
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Julio Urias didn't allow a run in three innings of work to pick up a win on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series against the Brewers.
Urias allowed just three hits with no walks, and he was able to strike out five. Coming in after Walker Buehler left, the talented southpaw really wasn't challenged, and has looked good in his role working behind a hurler in his last two appearances. Urias threw 52 pitches, so it seems likely we won't see him pitch until the NLDS -- assuming the Dodgers are able to win one of their next two games of the series.
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