By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 7, 2014

New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 5 Indians 3

The New York Yankees were able to keep up their recent success against the AL Central on Monday Night Baseball on ESPN, by defeating the Cleveland Indians. The win gives the Yankees some breathing room above .500 at (45-43) on the season, and puts them three games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.

On offense, the Yankees go to Indians Starter Justin Masterson early, with a big first three innings that chased him from the game early. In the second inning, back to back doubles from Brian McCann and Brian Roberts gave the Yankees their first run of the game. A walk and then a pitch that got away from Masterson, hitting Francisco Cervelli would load the bases up for Brett Gardner, who singled home Roberts. With the bases still loaded, Derek Jeter was able to work a walk before Jacoby Ellsbury would ground-out into an inning ending double play. In the third inning a walk and then base-hit to Mark Teixeira would end Masterson’s day, reliever K Crockett however wouldn’t be able to keep those two from reaching home after being brought into a difficult spot. Masterson would end up going just two innings allowing five runs, and he sees his ERA go up to 5.51, as his rough season continues.

Shane Greene gave the Yankees all they could have asked for from the young call-up, as while earning his first win of the season, Greene went six innings allowing two runs on just four hits. One of those hits however was a homerun to a former fan-favorite in Nick Swisher, which was sixth of the season. Greene’s only other blemish came in the sixth inning, as Asdrubal Cabrera singled home Chris Dickerson.

In the eighth inning after a scoreless seventh inning for David Huff, Yan Gomes would make the game a bit closer with a solo-homerun, which would lead to Dellin Betances coming in to finish off the inning. Betances would stay in to finish off the ninth inning, and earn his first save of the season.

Next up for the Yankees will be the second game of the series against the Indians, as Masahiro Tanaka (12-3, 2.27) will be facing off against Trevor Bauer (2-4, 4.42).