This story serves more as a placeholder than anything, as 166 game stories have filled the space before it to recap the events that transpired. Since visitors to Did the Tribe Win Last Night want to read it just about as badly as I want to write it, it will be a condensed recap at best.
The Indians were eliminated in Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday night in a disappointing 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees. The Evil Empire advances to the American League Championship Series, where it will play the host Houston Astros for a shot at the American League pennant and a chance to appear in the World Series.
Corey Kluber started and lasted just three and two-thirds innings. Didi Gregorius homered in the first and added a two-run shot in the third to put the Yankees up three.
CC Sabathia eliminated his former team and dominated them on the mound before turning the game over to the bullpen. He was perfect through three with six strikeouts before a leadoff single in the fourth from Francisco Lindor. He would be stranded at second as Sabathia ran his strikeout total to eight with two more punch outs.
The Indians scored their only runs in the fifth, knocking out Sabathia with four straight singles. Austin Jackson and Jay Bruce started the rally with one out with back-to-back base hits. Roberto Perez scored Jackson with a single to right and Giovanny Urshela did the same to plate Bruce, making it a one-run game. David Robertson came on for the Yankees and got a game-changing double play grounder from Lindor to end the threat.
The Yankees added two more in the ninth off of Cody Allen. Aaron Hicks singled to left with one out and moved to second on an error by Jackson. Allen got Chase Headley to pop up behind second base for the second out before walking Todd Frazier. Brett Gardner singled to right, scoring Hicks easily, but Bruce’s throw from the outfield towards third was not handled by the Indians’ middle infielders, allowing Frazier to motor home to make it a 5-2 game.
Aroldis Chapman closed out the game with a two-inning save. He struck out a pair in the eighth and did the same in the ninth, around a leadoff walk by Jose Ramirez.
The Indians’ 102-game season goes to waste with their first round elimination as the club now looks towards the 2018 season and a slew of pending offseason moves. The roster could have a notably different look in the coming year, with Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith, Jackson, and Bruce heading into free agency. The team also has a difficult decision on the $11 million team option on oft-injured Michael Brantley, and has to decide whether or not to pick up team options on Josh Tomlin ($3 million) and lefty reliever Boone Logan ($7 million).
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