American League Game Summary - Cleveland at New York|
(Saturday, August 9)
Final Score: Cleveland 3, New York 0
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Kluber played stopper once again for the
Cleveland Indians, striking out 10 over six scoreless innings to lead his team
to a 3-0 win over the New York Yankees.
Kluber's performance and homers by Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley enabled
the Indians to halt a four-game skid and hand Brandon McCarthy his first loss
in six starts as a Yankee.
Both Brantley and Ramirez finished with three hits, while Kluber (13-6) gave
up just four hits and a walk to improve to 6-0 with a spectacular 1.33 ERA
over his last seven assignments.
McCarthy (4-1) fanned eight over 6 1/3 strong innings, but wound up with his
first defeat since June 21 while with Arizona after surrendering Ramirez's
two-run homer in the top of the second.
New York managed just five hits overall, including two from Jacoby Ellsbury,
in having its three-game win streak snapped.
Kluber, who took a perfect game into the seventh inning three starts back in
Kansas City, didn't permit a hit in this one until Ellsbury doubled with one
out in the fourth. He was staked to a 2-0 lead at the time courtesy of
Ramirez's first major league homer, a shot into the right-field stands that
followed a Lonnie Chisenhall single in the second.
The Cleveland ace continued to shut down New York through six, fighting out of
his toughest jam of the day in his final inning of work. Singles by Derek
Jeter and Ellsbury put two Yankees aboard with none out in the sixth, but
Kluber answered with three consecutive strikeouts to keep the shutout bid
"Just throw strikes and get ahead in the count," said Kluber of his approach.
"Obviously, there were some instances today where I did fall behind, but there
were other times when I was able to make pitches when I needed."
Jeter's hit was the 3,431st of his illustrious career, breaking a tie with
Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner for sole possession of sixth place on
baseball's all-time list.
"When you [can] say you have more hits than anyone that's played the position
at all, it's something I'm extremely proud of," said Jeter afterward.
Cleveland wasn't able to extend its lead despite loading the bases with one
out in the seventh, but Brantley homered off Chase Whitley in the eighth to
give the Tribe some additional breathing room.
New York threatened in its half of the eighth, with Brett Gardner greeting
reliever Bryan Shaw with a leadoff double and Ellsbury hit by a pitch two
batters later. Shaw struck out Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley, however, and
Cody Allen fanned two more in the ninth -- the 14th and 15th K's recorded by
Cleveland hurlers on the day -- to notch his 15th save of the year.
Save for a poorly located cutter that Ramirez knocked out of the park,
McCarthy matched Kluber virtually pitch-for-pitch. The right-hander yielded
just two singles after the blast until being chased by a pair of hits in the
"I would definitely like it back," said McCarthy of his pitch to Ramirez.
"Over the course of a game you expect a few of those to happen, [but] they
don't typically get punished like that."
Prior to the game, the Yankees unveiled a plaque in Monument Park for former
right fielder and current YES Network analyst Paul O'Neill. A part of four
World Series-winning teams with New York, O'Neill played for the Yankees from
1993-2001 and captured the 1994 AL batting title ... McCarthy had been 6-0
with a 2.09 ERA over his previous seven starts, with two of those wins coming
with the Diamondbacks ... The Indians had lost seven straight at Yankee
Stadium since a 1-0 win there in June of 2011 ... Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes
had a 13-game hitting streak end after going 0-for-4.
08/09 18:38:25 ET