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Indians optimistic Encarnacion returns for game five

Severino, Judge help Yanks top Indians to force Game 5 Rodger's Quick Take
Kristopher Love | 11 October, 2017, 16:58

Indians manager Terry Francona is confident designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion will play against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 2017 American League Division Series at Progressive Field Wednesday night. But it was on the wet Yankee Stadium field where the Indians really flopped, committing a season-high four errors that marked a franchise record for a postseason game and led to six unearned runs.

The Yankees also seem to have momentum going into Game 5 and will pitch left-hander CC Sabathia against Indians ace Corey Kluber in a rematch of Game 2 starters.

The victor will face Houston in the AL Championship Series after the Astros finished off Boston in four games earlier Monday to win their ALDS.

However, the Yankees rallied to win Games 3 and 4. We're going to test him running.

"I watched a movie", Girardi said Wednesday during a press conference at Progressive Field.

Verlander, who was acquired for the playoff run after spending his first 13 seasons in Detroit, gave up the go-ahead homer to Andrew Benintendi - the first batter he faced - before shutting Boston down for the next 2 2/3 innings. "We got to this game".

The Indians tied it at 8-all on Jay Bruce's home run in the eighth inning and won it on Yan Gomes' RBI single in the 13th.

The Indians' bats have gone cold in their four Division Series games - they're batting a combined.173/.275/.316 - on the heels of their best offensive month of the regular season (.280/.353/.490).

Handed an early 5-0 lead and showing lots of emotion on the mound, the fired-up righty struck out nine in seven innings. And anxious. And haunted by past losses by Cleveland teams in big games.

Sanchez hit his second home run of the series off Bryan Shaw in the sixth to make it 7-3. "When I get a chance to turn my mind off, I try to, because I reflected a lot, probably, in the last six or seven days".

Indians: Encarnacion sat out again after leaving Game 2 with a sprained right ankle. Jason Kipnis has struggled mightily as well (4 of 18).

"As a team, we didn't play the greatest defense tonight", Bauer said.

Cleveland's 2-0 series lead seemed to vanish in a NY minute.

"It's not always going to be 72 and sunny", Francona said.

The team that went to the World Series a year ago. Those impressive numbers included a 2-0 mark with a 1.59 ERA against NY that left him 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA in seven career regular-season starts vs. the Yankees.

The likely Cy Young victor was candid when asked what he needs to do better in Game 5. "We realize that. You've got to fight through it together and that's what we intend to do".

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