Tom Hamilton once said, “If you don’t believe in this team, you don’t have a pulse.” Well, the Tribe raised the pulse of Indians fans everywhere as they erased an 8-3 deficit to stun the Yankees 9-8 in 13 innings to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the ALDS. Corey Kluber, who had been so dominant for the past 2 months, got torched by the Yanks for 6 earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings of work. After getting shut-out the night before, the Yanks wasted no time getting to Kluber as Gary Sanchez launched a two-run shot to give the Yanks what they needed. The Indians would tie it up in the bottom half on Carlos Santana two-run single. In the 2nd Jason Kipnis would single home Austin Jackson to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.
Then the wheels fell off for Kluber as he would get slammed for 4 run(s) in the top of the 3rd capped off by Aaron Hicks three-run shot to give the Yanks a 6-3 lead. It would get worse for the Indians as Greg Bird would smack a two-run homer to make it 8 to 3 Yankees in the 5th. Former Indians ace C.C. Sabathia would pitch brilliantly working 5 1/3 innings, allowing just 2 runs and striking out 5. Sabathia carried the Yanks to what should’ve been a game 2 win and the series split heading back to the Bronx and then it happened…..
In the bottom of the 6th with Santana on 3rd and Gomes on 2nd, Lonnie Chisenhall would get hit by a pitch that looked as if it may have hit the bat. Yanks skipper Joe Girardi did not challenge the play setting up what could be the turning point of the whole series. Francisco Lindor would launch a grand slam off the right field foul pole sending Progressive Field into a frenzy and closing the gap to 8-7. In the bottom of the 8th Jay Bruce would tie the game on a solo shot to left. Both bullpens would match pitch for pitch for the next five innings. Then in the 13th inning, Austin Jackson would walk, then steal second setting up Yan Gomes to seal the comeback win. Gomes hit a missile down the 3rd baseline giving the Indians a 9-8 win and a 2-0 lead heading to New York.