CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians got to their 2-0 lead early, and this time around, just kept going on the way to a four-run lead after the bottom of the second inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field.
The big hit of the inning came when left fielder Michael Brantley drilled a double to the gap in center field and brought around catcher Yan Gomes and shortstop Francisco Lindor, who drew his second walk of the game in as many at-bats against Yankees starter Domingo German.
Brantley’s 25th double of the season, which puts him ninth in the American League, gave the Indians a 4-0 advantage over the Yankees after two innings of play.
While Brantley delivered in the clutch, it was the bottom of the order who started the rally earlier in the inning.
On a 1-1 count, outfielder Tyler Naquin hit a two-seam fastball through the hole at shortstop and into left field for the Indians’ first hit of the game, and four pitches later, came around to score the Tribe’s second run when Gomes hit a double off the wall in left field.
Gomes sat on a 2-1 fastball from German and hit it deep to left field. While Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner timed his jump correctly, the ball hit off the screen protecting the out-of-town scoreboard six inches above his glove and ricocheted back to the outfield grass.
After seeing the ball hit off the board, Naquin motored around the base paths from just beyond second and into home standing up.