It was wild, it was insane, and it was long.
It all equaled a 1-0 Yankees win over the Inidians in Game 3 as their season remains alive for at least one more day. He struck out eight Yankees in 6 2/3 innings and gave up only two hits last Thursday.
Brantley, denied the chance to play in the postseason last year because of a shoulder injury, is getting the chance to be the hero this year whether or not he's ready for the task.
Austin Jackson was in left field instead, with Roberto Perez at catcher rather than Game 2 star Yan Gomes.
"Once he was good to go, I think he'll be fine, " Francona said. "We certainly weren't knocking Betances all over the ballpark, but he has given up some stolen bases". Then in the ninth, he put runners on first and second base with one out.
"I really enjoy managing".
They were hoping to finish off the Yankees Sunday night, but it wasn't in the cards.
Both Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez homered off Kluber, and NY entered the six inning leading 8-3, when the wheels came off. The Tribe tied the game in the 8th inning when Jay Bruce hit a home run.
"The one thing I know is everybody in that room will volunteer to do something". We're just going to go out there, no pressure, nothing about that. That was pretty cool.
Asked how enjoyable this season had been for him, Girardi said, "Up until Friday, probably pretty good". Chisenhall loaded the bases for Lindor's grand slam, which would prove catastrophic for NY. The Yankees did not challenge and Lindor hit a 1-0 pitch down the right field line. It's possible a shorter player does not catch the ball.
"I consider this normal rest for me, " Bauer said. "But he made no signal that he was hit". "If I could draw it out, personally, this is how I'd pitch every time. Kind of see how he feels, get the blood flowing", Francona said a few hours before the first pitch. They grew quiet when Sanchez homered, cringed when Encarnacion was injured, roared when a single by Jason Kipnis gave the Indians a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second and then were stunned when Kluber coughed up four more runs in the top of the third. The game's only run came on Greg Bird's towering seventh inning home run against Andrew Miller.
The Yankees pushed their lead to 8-3 on a two-run homer by Bird off Mike Clevinger in the fifth inning.
Both Manager Terry Francona and Bauer are eager and optimistic about Monday's start.
It is somewhat ironic that Brantley is taking over Encarnacion's role because Brantley missed seven weeks late in the regular season with a sprained ankle.
"It's always more nerve-racking being in the dugout watching than it is being out there playing", said Bauer.