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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 23, 2017

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Experience Over Youth; Yankees 9, Indians 2

By Mike Brandyberry

The game was billed as the Battle of CCs, but it was more the story of The Master and The Apprentice as Carlos Carrasco was touched for five runs in the second inning and C.C. Sabathia cruised to lead the Yankees to a 9-2 victory Tuesday evening.

The game turned when the Yankees had two on and one out when a ground ball was hit to Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera made the throw to Cord Phelps, but Phelps could not make the easy relay to first. The throw bounced several feet in front of first base. While Phelps should have made a good throw, it would be safe to expect Carlos Santana to pick the throw from the dirt.
Carrasco was visibly frustrated after the play, flipping the ball in frustration out of play, he could not keep his composure as he allowed base hit after base hit, including a double to Derek Jeter and a three-run home run to Curtis Granderson. Granderson would add a solo home run and a single later in the game. Jeter had two hits on the evening, leaving him only four shy of 3,000 for his career. Carrasco certainly demonstrated some inexperience and immaturity after Phelps’s poor throw, while Sabathia dominated the Indians for seven strong innings.

Carrasco was charged with six earned runs over four innings, before leaving the game to Josh Judy, Frank Hermann and Chad Durbin. Durbin was roughed up for three runs in the eighth inning.

The Indians plated two runs in the 9th on sacrifice flies by Lou Marson and Michael Brantley to avoid the shutout.

Judy is expected to be optioned back to AAA Columbus to make room for Matt LaPorta to be activated from the 15-day disabled list. LaPorta ran the bases well before the game and the team announced he would likely be activated before Wednesday’s game. LaPorta could provide the much needed right handed pop in the Tribe’s lineup.

While it appears the Indians are beginning to get healthy, Asdrubal Cabrera rolled an ankle during the fourth inning and left the game. He is listed as day to day.