Yankees complete comeback; Taylor makes grand contribution

Todd Frazier (29) beats the tag of Roberto Perez (55) in the ninth inning during game five of the 2017 ALDS (Photo: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK YANKEES (3-2) 5
CLEVELAND INDIANS (2-3) 2

CLEVELAND, OH– Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including two home runs, which were his first RBI of the series. David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman combined to throw four-and-two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out six. Robertson earned the win and Chapman picked up the save.

Brett Gardner battled in the top of the ninth inning with runners on first and third, singling home a run on the 12th pitch of the at bat, with the second runner scoring on a throwing error. Gregorius is the third Yankee to have two home runs in a winner-take-all game joining Jason Giambi (Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS) and Yogi Berra (Game 7 of the 1956 World Series)

Andrew Miller and Bryan Shaw shut out the Yankees over four innings in relief, letting up three hits and punching out eight.

The Yankees move on to the ALCS for the 16th time in team history, an MLB record, and comeback from down 0-2 in an ALDS for the second time in team history. The first time was in 2001 against the Oakland A’s. The Indians have now lost six consecutive series-clinching games.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (2-2) 5
CHICAGO CUBS (2-2) 0

CHICAGO, IL– Michael Taylor hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, extending the lead to 5-0. Stephen Strasburg fanned 12 over seven scoreless innings for the Nationals, allowing three hits and two walks.

Taylor became the first in Nationals’ team history to hit a postseason grand slam. Strasburg limited his in-play strikes to 10 of the 72 strikes he threw.

The Nationals forced a decisive game five in the series, with the winner moving on to the NLCS.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE:

CHICAGO CUBS vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (Game 5) 8:08 p.m.

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