NEW YORK (AP/WJW) — Following a rainout Monday night, the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series between the Cleveland Guardians and New York Yankees ended with a 5-1 Yankee victory.
New York’s Nestor Cortes started for the Yankees, and was able to get out of there quickly with one man left on base. Guardian’s starter Aaron Civale however, allowed two on base and DH Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run, moving the score to 3-0 in the first.
That was all she wrote for Civale, with Sam Hentges coming in from the bullpen to try and stop the bleeding.
The Guardians were not able to answer at the top of the second and the Yankees were promptly up to bat once more. Aaron Judge, who had previously struck out, showed why he was the home run king of the season, moving the score to 4-0.
Merwin Gonzalez had to come into left field for the Yankees following a collision that took Aaron Hicks out of the game in the top of the third. The Guardians were finally able to get on the board, with a sacrifice fly from Jose Ramirez that brought in Austin Hedges, bringing the score to 4-1.
Terry Francona continued to work his bullpen, bringing in Trevor Stephan at the bottom of the third, and he was able to keep New York at bay for two and a half innings, with score staying the same. James Karinchak took over pitching duties partway through the bottom of the fifth and allowed one run, bringing the score to 5-1.
At the top of the sixth, the Yankees brought in Jonathan Loáisiga to pitch to the Guardians and the team wasn’t able to capitalize with multiple men on base. Karinchak, too, was able to get out of the inning without a scratch.
With Cleveland unable to score in the seventh, Karinchak was taken out with a person aboard for closer Emmanuel Clase to come in at the bottom of the inning. Nothing took place and the score stayed the same.
The eight inning saw the Yankees reaching for pitcher Cole Holmes, who was able to make quick work of the Guardians. Then Wandy Peralta came in for the ninth and even though two got on board, it wasn’t enough and the game ended at 5-1.
New York will now start the AL Championship Series at Houston on Wednesday night. First pitch is at 7:37 p.m. Cleveland’s season is now over.
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After losing last week’s series opener, Cleveland won Games 2 and 3, overcoming a two-run deficit in the ninth inning to win Game 3 by 6-5. The Yankees won 4-2 on Sunday night in Cleveland to force the playoff back to New York.