Indians 7, Yankees 2: Growing Pains and Struggling Offense Sink the Yankees in Cleveland

Brantley later scored on the second of two wild pitches that Sanchez could not keep in front of him. The first wild pitch careened off Sanchez’s wrist; he was examined but not removed from the game.

While shoddy defense has become a trend for the Yankees in the first two games of this series — right fielder Aaron Judge’s errant throw allowed a run to score — the Indians benefited from a couple of superlative plays from third baseman Giovanny Urshela.

He robbed Matt Holliday of a single by making a sprawling stop and throwing to first from his knees, but his more spectacular effort kept the Yankees at bay in the fifth. Urshela ranged to his right to glove Clint Frazier’s high bouncer and made a leaping Jeter-like throw to the plate — his only real play — in time for catcher Roberto Perez to slap a tag on Ronald Torreyes.

Manager Joe Girardi, whose team has scored two runs in the last 28 innings, had beseeched his players to improve their approach at the plate, saying he wanted to see more hitters using the middle of the field.


Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez tagging out the Yankees’ Ronald Torreyes.

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“It comes down to approach and understanding what a team is giving you and taking it and not trying to do too much,” Girardi said. “Sometimes it’s passing the baton. If they’re not going to pitch to you, let them walk you. Trust the guy behind you.”

For all the renewed emphasis on trying to think smaller, the Yankees were stifled by Trevor Bauer and his big breaking curveball until they got a big blast in the fifth. Bauer, who was cruising with a three-hit shutout, delivered a 1-2 fastball under the chin of Todd Frazier.

Frazier, after being spun back, expressed his displeasure with a few words directed at Bauer. Then, on the next…

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