ALDS Game Five, 2017

Yankees at Indians, 5:00 PM PT, TV: FS1

Game Five doesn’t have the resonance Game Seven does, but it’s the end of the line for one of these teams. The Yankees have to feel pretty good that they’ve gotten this far after fighting through the Wild Card Game to get into the series, while the Indians are probably annoyed that they lost two straight in the Bronx after taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

The Yankees send C.C. Sabathia to the mound to face the Indians’ ace Corey Kluber. Again. This is a rematch of Game Two’s pitchers. In that game Kluber got knocked out early but the Indians came back from a five-run deficit and won in 13 innings. Sabathia gave the Yankees 5 1/3 innings and gave up four runs. The Indians also lost their slugger Edwin Encarnacion to an ankle sprain in the first inning and he hasn’t played since.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1948 In Game 6 of the Fall Classic, the Indians beat Boston at Braves Field, 4-3, to capture the team’s second World Series title in franchise history. Bob Lemon gets the win, with Gene Bearden pitching the final one and two-thirds innings to earn the save.
  • 1965 In Game 5, a 7-0 victory over the Twins at Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis becomes the second player to steal three bases in a World Series game. The L.A. center fielder joins Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, who accomplished the feat on the same date 56 years ago against Detroit in Game 3 of the 1909 Fall Classic.
  • 1975 As the first host of Saturday Night Live, George Carlin compares baseball to football in the opening monologue of the ground-breaking show. The comedian jokes the national pastime a gentler game, portraying the sport as one which is pastoral and played in a park as opposed to football, in which the objective is to march downfield and penetrate enemy territory in a stadium.

  • 1999 An ailing Pedro Martinez, with both starters ineffective in the decisive Game 5 of the ALCS and the score tied at 8-8 in the fourth, enters the game and doesn’t yield another hit to the Indians for the next six innings. Troy O’Leary collects a grand slam and a three-run home run, both following an intentional pass to Nomar Garciaparra, contributing to the Red Sox’ 12-8 victory at Cleveland’s Jacobs Field.
  • Bob_Hendley

    Wonder how long the potent Nat’s offense can be kept down.

    • RBI

      Just this long!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cleveland’s radio play by play guy just gave the pronouncement that the Cubs are eliminated with their loss, then corrected himself.
    That wasn’t even in the heat of calling a play, so I guess such miscues are universal and we shouldn’t get down on our guys so much.

  • HLKLA

    Cleveland waking up!

  • I just got back from a late lunch with WBBsAs and his wife. We talked Dodgers and Hawai’i and had a good time.

    • scooplew

      Hey, that’s great. Hawaii and the Dodgers: a great doubleheader. It is nice that there is some networking going on. I have met RBI and I have spoken on the phone a couple of times with WinnipegDave.

    • Bob_Hendley

      No futbol talk!? Argies qualified for WC. USMNT, ugh. In all fairness we did have to play two countries at once, Trinidad and Tobago.

      • Not feeling fair, thank you. They were horrible. How is it they get paid so much more than the women yet the women have won three World Cups and the men have never even made it to the final?

      • WBBsAs

        I’m thrilled that the US team lost to Trinidad & Tobago (I loved Trinidad when I made three-day visit there 20-some years ago). Now the soccer evangelists will have nothing to babble about next summer.

        • scooplew

          Shouldn’t the final score be recorded as Trinidad 1,Tobago 1, United States 1? That would make it a three-way tie.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Looks like the two September hotties, Snakes and Spiders, can’t carry over into October.

    • John_from_Aus

      They have been well and truely bitten

  • John_from_Aus

    Wow, from 20 odd games in a row, to 2-0 up, to gone.

  • WBBsAs

    Hendricks goes for the Ositos tomorrow, but who goes for the Nats?

    • Tanner Roark or Gio Gonzalez, presumably. ESPN says “we probably won’t know till Thursday morning.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Appears to be Gio.

  • One hopes Roberts and the Dodgers’ coaching staff is telling the team “See what happened to the Indians? As hot as they were, they got beaten. It can happen to us. Stay focused.”

  • HLKLA

    Okay Houston, do your stuff!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Last time ‘Stros, Yanks and Dodgers were in the playoffs was 1981. Moreover, to the extent that Expos=Nats…

  • John_from_Aus
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks for sharing it, John.
      I liked it, covering the negatives (I wish they would’ve mentioned his demotion last year and how things have changed since), as well as the positives. Definitely agree with how he electrifies the crowd . . . I look forward to joining the 50,000+ shouting “Puiiiiiiiig!”

      • John_from_Aus

        I am pleased he is still on our team. Like the article says, he may not be our best player, but he brings an excitement to the crowd. Possibly the biggest excitement since Manny. Those of you who actually attend games may have a more informed opinion on that 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    Latest here in DC is that Gio starts game 5 today.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      What does the weather look like? Yesterday, Weather.com predicted rain

      • Bob_Hendley

        Fall like. Radio was predicting rain this evening.

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