The Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians on Star Wars Night at Yankee Stadium on Friday night by a score of 7-6. CC Sabathia got the start for the Yankees, putting together yet another impressive start, going six strong innings, allowing only three hits, no runs, walking none, and striking out seven. Gleyber Torres got the Yankees on the board first, turning on the first pitch he saw from Josh Tomlin for his first Major League home run, a three-run shot to left field. Aaron Judge extended the lead to 4-0 in the very same inning with a solo home run of his own, his eighth homer of the year. Gary Sanchez got in on the action in the next frame with a 461-foot bomb to the left field bleachers, the longest Yankee home run of the season so far, and the Yankees took a 5-0 lead.
The Yankees kept the Indians’ offense at bay until the eighth inning, when Chasen Shreve gave up a three-run home run to Bradley Zimmer to cut the lead to two. After allowing a single to Francisco Lindor to follow, Aaron Boone lifted Shreve from the game, and David Robertson got Jason Kipnis to ground into a force out for the first out of the inning, and Didi Gregorius appeared to be shaken up on the play, taking a foot to the head from Lindor when taking the ball to the bag himself, but he would remain in the game. In the following at bat, Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer to center field to tie the game at five.
After loading the bases in the bottom of the inning, Alexi Ogando walked Aaron Judge to put the Yankees up 6-5. The Indians escaped the inning with no further damage, and Aroldis Chapman came on looking to pick up a save for the second game in a row. He was unable to do so however, allowing Yan Gomes to come in on a wild pitch to tie the game at six. Chapman got out of the inning without giving Cleveland the lead, and Giancarlo Stanton came up in the bottom of the ninth looking to get something started for the Yankees. He did just that, leading off the inning with a double. Gary Sanchez flew out for the first out, and an Aaron Hicks groundout allowed Stanton to move to third. After a walk to Neil Walker, Miguel Andujar stepped up to the plate with men on the corners and two outs. Andujar drove a high slider from Cody Allen the other way, dropping it in for a single, allowing Stanton to score easily, giving the Yankees a 7-6 victory with the first walk off hit of his Major League career.
The Yankees move to 22-10 on the season, and have now won thirteen of their last fourteen games. They look to take the series tomorrow afternoon, as Sonny Gray will get the ball, coming off his best start of the season in Monday’s 2-1 loss to Houston. Trevor Bauer will start for Cleveland, looking to continue his great start to the 2018 campaign, in which he is 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA. First pitch is at 1:05 PM ET