Bauer power: Indians baffle Judge, Yanks 4-0 in ALDS opener

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer made Aaron Judge look silly, and made his manager look like a genius.

One year after nearly costing the Indians a trip to the World Series, Bauer helped them take the first step back.

Named a surprise starter for Game 1, Bauer chopped Judge and New York's other big bats down to size, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as Cleveland began chasing its first World Series title in 69 years with a 4-0 win over the Yankees on the Thursday night in the opener of the AL Division Series.

Bauer struck out Judge three times , twice getting the MVP candidate looking. He allowed just two hits in 6 2-3 innings before manager Terry Francona, who chose to start the right-hander over ace Corey Kluber, turned to baseball's best bullpen, using Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen to finish the three-hitter.

Allen came in with two on and two outs in the eighth to face Judge, who struck out for the fourth time and the rookie angrily snatched at his bat frustration. Allen then worked the ninth for a save.

Judge's verdict on Bauer was unanimous in New York's clubhouse.

''He was mixing his pitches well, he was using the corners extremely well,'' he said. ''You've got to tip your cap sometimes. We've just got to pick ourselves up and get ready for tomorrow.''

New York's now got to face Kluber, an 18-game winner during the regular season. He'll start Game 2 on Friday against CC Sabathia.

Bruce connected for a two-run homer in the fourth off Sonny Gray and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Indians began a journey to try and end the majors' longest Series title drought.

Eyebrows were raised when Francona picked Bauer instead of Kluber, and the eccentric right-hander, perhaps best known for slicing a pinkie open while repairing a drone during last year's postseason and bleeding all over the mound in Toronto, delivered a performance that started October just right for the Indians.

''The mindset was to go out there like a closer in the first inning and put up a scoreless inning at all costs,'' Bauer said. ''And then if I was still in the game, do it again in the second inning and the third and on until I was taken out of the game. So no-hitter, 10-hitter, or whatever, that was the mindset. I never really strayed from that.''

Coming off their win over Minnesota in the wild-card game Tuesday, when Judge homered in his playoff debut, the Yankees came in with momentum.

Bauer stopped the Bronx Bombers cold.

He struck out eight and took a no-hitter into the sixth before Aaron Hicks doubled with one out. It was the longest no-hit bid by a Cleveland pitcher in the postseason, bettering Hall of Famers Bob Feller (1948) and Early Wynn (1954), who both went four innings.

Bauer improved to 3-0 this season against the Yankees.

''His curveball was really good,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''It's as good as we've seen it, and he's been pitching better. You look at his second half, and he had better command. We didn't get many free base runners, which we have in the past off of him, and he was really good.''

Taking the mound to his usual thundering warm-up music, ''The Pursuit of Vikings,'' an intimidating song by Swedish metal band Amon Amarth, Bauer didn't mess around.

He struck out Judge in the first watching a curveball. Bauer, who is 11-1 in his last 14 starts, struck out Judge again in the fourth, but the All-Star reached on a wild pitch. Bauer, though, regrouped by getting Gary Sanchez to bounce into a double play before he freezing Didi Gregorius for his sixth strikeout.

Bauer got help from All-Star-second baseman-turned-center fielder Jason Kipnis, who made a diving catch to rob Chase Headley in the third. As Kipnis slowly got to his feet, Bauer raised both arms above his head, pumped his fist and screamed to salute his teammate.

Bruce gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the fourth with a towering homer to right.

After Edwin Encarnacion walked, Gray came inside with a 0-1 fastball and Bruce got around on it. As his shot cut through the fall night, Judge appeared as if he might be able to make a play near the wall, but the 6-foot-7 slugger could only watch as Bruce's shot sailed into the seats.

Bruce nearly caught Encarnacion on the bases, and as he finished a home-run trot that was more of a sprint, Cleveland's fans hollered ''Bruuuuuuuce'' like a crowd at a Springsteen concert.

The Indians are 43-9 since Bruce arrived in an Aug. 9 trade from the New York Mets.

''I'm very, very fortunate to be here,'' Bruce said. ''I couldn't have fallen into a better situation. Obviously, when you get traded and you're in trade rumors, it's usually a contender or a team that's contending at the moment. For whatever reason, I ended up here. And this has been a blast so far.''

Because of his personality and unorthodox training techniques, it took Bauer time to feel comfortable with his Cleveland teammates. But they've grown to appreciate his quirky ways and the fact that he's a gamer.

Bauer said Wednesday that he was ''miserable'' and depressed earlier this season, when he was struggling and unable to help.

''It was like I was on the team but didn't feel like I was contributing, which is a terrible feeling for any competitor,'' he said. ''You want to be one of the main guys out there with your teammates and contributing.''

He's doing his part now.

KIPNIS' KATCH

Kipnis was well aware that his move to center was questioned.

''That's all I've been hearing is I shouldn't be playing center field,'' he said. ''Tonight was the first ball in the gap that I had to go and get, and it was a fun one.''

Bauer appreciated Kipnis' exceptional effort, calling it ''the biggest play of the game. I was pretty pumped up about that.''

OVERWORKED

New York's starters have gone only 3 2-3 innings, forcing the bullpen to log 13 1-3 innings already in the postseason.

''Physically, they're fine,'' Girardi said.

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  • W: T. Bauer (1-0)L: S. Gray (0-1)S: C. Allen (1)
  • HR: CLE - J. Bruce (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF30000101.286.444.7141.1591.0
A. Judge RF40000043.250.333.625.958-2.0
G. Sanchez C40000011.250.250.375.625-0.5
D. Gregorius SS40000020.143.250.571.821-1.0
S. Castro 2B40200000.250.250.250.5002.0
G. Bird 1B30000122.167.375.167.5420.0
T. Frazier 3B30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
C. Headley DH20000110.000.333.000.3330.5
A. Hicks CF30100021.333.429.500.9291.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS20000223.000.500.000.5001.0
    J. Kipnis CF40000006.000.000.000.0000.0
    G. Allen CF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Ramirez 2B41100011.250.250.250.5001.5
    E. Encarnacion DH31000102.000.250.000.2502.0
    J. Bruce RF32231010.667.5002.0002.50010.5
    C. Santana 1B30100110.333.500.333.8331.5
    L. Chisenhall LF10000001.000.500.000.5001.0
    a- A. Jackson LF20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
    R. Perez C20000212.000.500.000.5001.5
    G. Urshela 3B30100012.333.333.333.6670.5
    • a-struck out for Chisenhall in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Hicks
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bruce
    • HR - J. Bruce
    • SF - J. Bruce
    • RBI - J. Bruce 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - G. Bird, D. Gregorius, S. Castro
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Ramirez, G. Urshela, C. Santana
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Gray (L, 0-1)3.13334218.102.10-5.0
    A. Warren1.02110109.002.000.5
    J. Garcia2.20002300.000.755.5
    D. Betances1.00000300.000.004.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Gray (L, 0-1)3.1
    A. Warren1.0
    J. Garcia2.2
    D. Betances1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (W, 1-0)6.22001800.000.4529.0
    A. Miller1.00002300.002.002.5
    C. Allen (S, 1)1.11000300.000.7510.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (W, 1-0)6.2
    A. Miller1.0
    C. Allen (S, 1)1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Gray, A. Warren, J. Garcia 2 (2)
    • IBB - J. Garcia
    • HBP - S. Gray
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 73-40, A. Warren 22-13, J. Garcia 44-26, D. Betances 11-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 4-3
    • Batters Faced - S. Gray 17, A. Warren 5, J. Garcia 10, D. Betances 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Bauer
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 98-62, A. Miller 30-18, C. Allen 20-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 7-5
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 23, A. Miller 5, C. Allen 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF30000101.286.444.7141.1591.0
    A. Judge RF40000043.250.333.625.958-2.0
    G. Sanchez C40000011.250.250.375.625-0.5
    D. Gregorius SS40000020.143.250.571.821-1.0
    S. Castro 2B40200000.250.250.250.5002.0
    G. Bird 1B30000122.167.375.167.5420.0
    T. Frazier 3B30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
    C. Headley DH20000110.000.333.000.3330.5
    A. Hicks CF30100021.333.429.500.9291.0
    Total3003003149-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS20000223.000.500.000.5001.0
      J. Kipnis CF40000006.000.000.000.0000.0
      G. Allen CF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      J. Ramirez 2B41100011.250.250.250.5001.5
      E. Encarnacion DH31000102.000.250.000.2502.0
      J. Bruce RF32231010.667.5002.0002.50010.5
      C. Santana 1B30100110.333.500.333.8331.5
      L. Chisenhall LF10000001.000.500.000.5001.0
      a- A. Jackson LF20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
      R. Perez C20000212.000.500.000.5001.5
      G. Urshela 3B30100012.333.333.333.6670.5
      Total2745316917-----
      • a-struck out for Chisenhall in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Hicks
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bruce
      • HR - J. Bruce
      • SF - J. Bruce
      • RBI - J. Bruce 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - G. Bird, D. Gregorius, S. Castro
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Ramirez, G. Urshela, C. Santana
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (L, 0-1)3.13334218.102.10-5.0
      A. Warren1.02110109.002.000.5
      J. Garcia2.20002300.000.755.5
      D. Betances1.00000300.000.004.5
      Total8.0544691---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (L, 0-1)3.1
      A. Warren1.0
      J. Garcia2.2
      D. Betances1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 1-0)6.22001800.000.4529.0
      A. Miller1.00002300.002.002.5
      C. Allen (S, 1)1.11000300.000.7510.5
      Total9.03003140---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 1-0)6.2
      A. Miller1.0
      C. Allen (S, 1)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Gray, A. Warren, J. Garcia 2 (2)
      • IBB - J. Garcia
      • HBP - S. Gray
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 73-40, A. Warren 22-13, J. Garcia 44-26, D. Betances 11-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 4-3
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 17, A. Warren 5, J. Garcia 10, D. Betances 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Bauer
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 98-62, A. Miller 30-18, C. Allen 20-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 7-5
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 23, A. Miller 5, C. Allen 5
      • 5TH INNING
        Bruce hit sacrifice fly to center, Ramirez scored04
      • 4TH INNING
        Bruce homered to right, Encarnacion scored03
      • 2ND INNING
        Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bruce scored, Santana to third, Chisenhall out at second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Greg Allen in center
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez lined out to pitcher
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Castro singled to right
        • G. Bird: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Miller Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Frazier struck out on foul tip
        • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Headley walked
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked, Headley to second
        • Cody Allen relieved Andrew Miller
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Dellin Betances relieved Jaime Garcia
        • C. Santana: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius flied out to center
        • S. Castro: Ball, Castro singled to right
        • Andrew Miller relieved Trevor Bauer
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion flied out to left
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Headley struck out looking
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks doubled to deep left
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gardner grounded out to first, Hicks to third
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Austin Jackson hit for Lonnie Chisenhall
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez walked
        • G. Urshela: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez to second on wild pitch
        • F. Lindor: Lindor intentionally walked
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Ball, Castro flied out to deep right
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bird flied out to left
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Warren Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion fouled out to left
        • Jaime Garcia relieved Adam Warren
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Bruce hit sacrifice fly to center, Ramirez scored
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana flied out to deep center
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Judge struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded into double play third to second to first, Judge out at second
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gregorius struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Bruce homered to right, Encarnacion scored
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana walked
        • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Chisenhall popped out to shortstop
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Perez walked, Santana to second
        • Adam Warren relieved Sonny Gray
        • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Urshela singled to center, Santana to third, Perez to second
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Headley flied out to center
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Lindor struck out on foul tip
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis flied out to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to second
        • S. Castro: Castro grounded out to third
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bird walked
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Bruce doubled to deep left
        • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana singled to center, Bruce to third
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall hit by pitch, Santana to second
        • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bruce scored, Santana to third, Chisenhall out at second
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Urshela flied out to deep right
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner popped out to shortstop
        • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor walked
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to first, Lindor out at second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez grounded out to second, Kipnis to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis to third on wild pitch, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)