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Tribe Take: Round 1

After a remarkable end to one of the best regular seasons in Cleveland Indians history, the club was ready to hit the playoffs.  

After awaiting the winner of the AL Wild Card game, the Tribe met their first round opposition: the New York Yankees. The Yanks are coming off a solid years as well, a year that was projected as a “rebuilding year,” but instead is a playoff year now.

With the home run hitting Yanks in town, it was time to get the 2017 ALDS underway on Thursday night. And the Tribe jumped right on the young New Yorkers.

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Trevor Bauer helped to pitch a shutout, opening the game with 5 ⅓ no hit innings, and OF Jay Bruce led the charge on the offensive end with a 2 run blast in the 4th to earn the Tribe a Game 1 victory, 4-0.

A comeback for the ages was led by Indians C Yan Gomes in Game 2, as a key pickoff at 2B in the 11th and a walk off single sealed the deal in the 13th inning, 9-8.  The Tribe was able to erase a 5 run deficit, taking the game to extras and sending the series back to New York with a 2-0 lead.Image result for yan gomes 2017

The Yankees stepped up with elimination on the line in Game 3, though, as 1B Greg Bird blasted a moonshot off of former Yankees, now Indians reliever Andrew Miller in the 7th inning, proving to be the only run of the game and enough for the hometown crowd to go ballistic in a 1-0 victory.

With the series knotted at 2-1 in favor of the Indians, the Clevelanders have a chance to end the chance for a comeback on Monday night in the Bronx, or the Yankees can force a decisive Game 5. It will be an all out battle, one to watch for sure as playoff baseball starts to fully kick into gear.

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