Yankees punch their ticket to the ALCS

Megan Grams, Sports Editor

The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians met at Progressive field, playing to win the American League Division Series and secure their spot in the American League Championship Series. To secure this spot, one of the teams had to take 3 out of the 5 games in the series. The Indians, who were up 2-0 in the series, were confident heading into the third game hoping to sweep the Yankees, but the Yankees had other ideas.

The Yankees came out in the third game with energy, producing  their first win of the series: 0-1. Greg Bird was a big contributor in the third game, homering in the seventh against Indians relief pitcher, Andrew Miller. Aaron Judge, was a big help on the defensive side, robbing a home run which possibly saved the Yankees season.

In the fourth game, the fire was in the Yankees bats, scoring 7 against the Indians and taking their second win of the series. Todd Frazier helped plate the first run with a double to left field scoring Starlin Castro. Aaron Judge came up to bat in the bottom of the second, finally breaking his slump in the ALDS with a double to left field; the Yankees now lead 4-0. It was not until the fourth innings that the Indians finally got on the board, scoring two with a Carlos Santana home run. In the fifth inning, the Indians plated another run with a Roberto Perez home run. Gary Sanchez added another insurance run in the sixth with a home run of his own. The Yankees went on to win the game 7-3.

The series now tied 2-2 was taken to the fifth and winner-takes-all decisive game. Both teams were feeling the nerves heading into the fifth game, but one team shined right off of the bat. The Yankee’s Didi Gregorious homered to give his team the lead. The next run was not until the third when Gregorious homered once again, plating 2, and giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Cleveland finally got on the board in the fifth inning shortening the Yankees lead: 3-2. The Yankees plated 2 insurance run in the ninth inning, which secured the win.

The Yankees head back to New York to take on the Houston Astros to try and capture the ALCS and advance onto the World Series.

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