Rookie Plesac gets first win as Indians down Yankees 5-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Zach Plesac followed a family tradition.

Like his uncle, his first major league win came against baseball's most celebrated team.

Plesac dodged some early danger and pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians posted a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees, who welcomed back shortstop Didi Gregorius on Friday night.

Making just his third start at 24, Plesac (1-1) showed poise beyond his years by settling down after a few anxious innings and stifling the AL East's top team. The Yankees, who are just 1-3 so far on a six-game trip, managed just six hits - and only two after the third - against the right-hander and nephew of former major leaguer Dan Plesac.

''It's awesome,'' said Plesac, who was wheeled in a cart into the showers for a celebratory dousing by teammates. ''I never could have dreamed it like this. It's absolutely incredible.''

When the game ended, Plesac received a text from his uncle, who works as an analyst for the MLB Network.

''He told me his first big league loss was to the Chicago White Sox and his first big league win was the New York Yankees,'' said Plesac, who lost a tough decision in Chicago on May 2. ''So people say history repeats itself. Man, it's crazy.''

Plesac showed confidence and composure in his first two major league starts - his May 28 debut at Fenway Park, and in front of over 100 family members and friends in Chicago - and that poise was tested early by the Yankees.

But he steered clear of trouble and gave the Indians more reason to think he might be a big part of their future.

''We don't need to send him to Cooperstown yet, but we love what we see,'' cracked Indians manager Terry Francona. ''The kid's been phenomenal.''

Santana broke a 2-all tie by connecting on a change-up from Domingo German (9-2), who lost for the first time on the road and failed to become baseball's first 10-game winner.

Nick Wittgren worked a perfect eighth and Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth - New York's 3-4-5 hitters - for his 19th save in 19 tries.

Tyler Naquin also homered for the Indians, who took two of three from Central-leading Minnesota and are trying to stay in contention while waiting for three full-time starters to return from injuries.

Jason Kipnis had two RBIs for Cleveland.

DIDI RETURNS

Gregorius got two hits playing for the first time since Game 4 of last year's AL Division series against Boston when he injured his elbow making a throw. He underwent Tommy John surgery, and made a quick return to the Yankees, who have kept winning despite numerous major injuries.

Gregorius singled in his first at-bat of 2019, but was a little overzealous and got thrown out trying to stretch it into a double by right fielder Naquin.

''It was a really good day even though we didn't get the win, but it was a good start,'' said Gregorius, adding he didn't feel any extra pressure. ''It's the same game. You try not to over-think it. You go out there and play the game. That's all I was trying to do.''

FANTASTIC FRANKIE

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor seems to make a dazzling play every night, and he robbed former teammate Gio Urshela with a diving stop in the fifth inning.

''Spectacular,'' Francona said. ''Yeah, he's something else, boy. He does it every day. Yeah, it's pretty good.''

BRONX BOMBERS

The Yankees have homered in a season-high 11 straight games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres missed his second straight game with a sore left shoulder. Manager Aaron Boone said Torres, who is moving back to his regular position now that Gregorius is back, will probably play Saturday. ... RHP Masahiro Tanaka was in New York for the birth of his baby daughter and Boone said he will ''probably not'' be pack to make his start Sunday.

Indians: Francona said RHP Mike Clevinger ''touched 98'' mph during a rehab start at Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. Clevinger has been out for nearly two months with a strained muscle in his upper back. He'll likely make one more minor league start before being activated. ... RHP Corey Kluber's broken right arm will be re-evaluated next week, six weeks after he was struck by a line drive. Kluber had his cast removed on May 23, but until he has further imaging tests, there's no way to know how long he'll be sidelined.

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (3-2, 3.61 ERA) goes for his 250th career win against the team that drafted him as a teenager in 1998. Sabathia joined the 3,000-strikeout club earlier this season. He's one of just eight pitchers since 1900 with 100 victories for multiple franchises.

Indians: RHP Adam Plutko (1-1, 6.35 ERA) will make his first career start against New York.

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  • W: Z. Plesac (1-1)L: D. German (9-2)S: B. Hand (19)
  • HR: NYY - A. Hicks (4), CLE - C. Santana (12), T. Naquin (2)
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C. Frazier RF30210010.275.326.525.8513.5
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    O. Mercado LF42200011.288.356.424.7803.5
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    J. Kipnis 2B30220010.214.270.306.5762.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40000004.200.297.300.5970.0
    J. Bauers DH30000012.211.301.342.643-0.5
    L. Martin CF30000020.208.286.342.627-1.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Frazier (7)
      • HR - A. Hicks (4)
      • RBI - A. Hicks (15), C. Frazier (31)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Urshela, B. Gardner 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 3B - F. Lindor
      • HR - C. Santana (12), T. Naquin (2)
      • SF - J. Kipnis (2)
      • RBI - C. Santana 2 (39), J. Kipnis 2 (15), T. Naquin (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Naquin (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez, J. Bauers 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Kipnis
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Naquin (5)
      • DP - (Santana-Ramirez-Plesac)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. German (L, 9-2)6.06441623.861.115.0
      D. Hale2.01111103.000.833.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. German (L, 9-2)6.0
      D. Hale2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Plesac (W, 1-1)7.06221511.860.8824.5
      N. Wittgren (H, 6)1.00000002.350.963.0
      B. Hand (S, 19)1.00000301.010.7511.5
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Plesac (W, 1-1)7.0
      N. Wittgren (H, 6)1.0
      B. Hand (S, 19)1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Hale
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 92-60, D. Hale 25-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 4-7, D. Hale 3-2
      • Batters Faced - D. German 24, D. Hale 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 111-70, N. Wittgren 12-6, B. Hand 12-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 6-8, N. Wittgren 2-1
      • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 26, N. Wittgren 3, B. Hand 3
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      A. Hicks CF41111000.239.325.433.7586.0
      L. Voit 1B40000040.259.375.496.871-2.0
      G. Sanchez C41100010.262.333.631.9641.5
      D. Gregorius SS40200010.500.500.5001.0001.5
      K. Morales DH20000101.186.313.242.5551.0
      C. Frazier RF30210010.275.326.525.8513.5
      G. Urshela 3B30000003.317.362.460.8210.0
      B. Gardner LF30000002.222.298.414.7120.0
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        F. Lindor SS41100020.302.372.547.9193.0
        O. Mercado LF42200011.288.356.424.7803.5
        C. Santana 1B21121200.286.405.518.9239.0
        J. Kipnis 2B30220010.214.270.306.5762.5
        J. Ramirez 3B40000004.200.297.300.5970.0
        J. Bauers DH30000012.211.301.342.643-0.5
        L. Martin CF30000020.208.286.342.627-1.0
        K. Plawecki C30000000.164.263.299.5620.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Frazier (7)
          • HR - A. Hicks (4)
          • RBI - A. Hicks (15), C. Frazier (31)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Urshela, B. Gardner 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 3B - F. Lindor
          • HR - C. Santana (12), T. Naquin (2)
          • SF - J. Kipnis (2)
          • RBI - C. Santana 2 (39), J. Kipnis 2 (15), T. Naquin (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Naquin (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez, J. Bauers 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Kipnis
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - T. Naquin (5)
          • DP - (Santana-Ramirez-Plesac)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. German (L, 9-2)6.06441623.861.115.0
          D. Hale2.01111103.000.833.5
          Total8.0755272---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. German (L, 9-2)6.0
          D. Hale2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Z. Plesac (W, 1-1)7.06221511.860.8824.5
          N. Wittgren (H, 6)1.00000002.350.963.0
          B. Hand (S, 19)1.00000301.010.7511.5
          Total9.0622181---
          PITCHERSIP
          Z. Plesac (W, 1-1)7.0
          N. Wittgren (H, 6)1.0
          B. Hand (S, 19)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - D. Hale
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 92-60, D. Hale 25-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 4-7, D. Hale 3-2
          • Batters Faced - D. German 24, D. Hale 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 111-70, N. Wittgren 12-6, B. Hand 12-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 6-8, N. Wittgren 2-1
          • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 26, N. Wittgren 3, B. Hand 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Kipnis hit sacrifice fly to center, Lindor scored25
          • 6TH INNING
            Santana homered to right center, Mercado scored24
          • 5TH INNING
            Naquin homered to center22
          • 4TH INNING
            Kipnis singled to right, Mercado scored, Santana to second21
          • 3RD INNING
            Hicks homered to right20
          • 2ND INNING
            Frazier doubled to left center, Sanchez scored, Morales to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brad Hand relieved Nick Wittgren
            • L. Voit: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Nick Wittgren relieved Zach Plesac
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner popped out to shortstop
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hale Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Lindor tripled to deep center
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado grounded out to second
            • Ca. Santana: Santana intentionally walked
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Kipnis hit sacrifice fly to center, Lindor scored
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius flied out to right
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morales flied out to center
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier singled to center
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Urshela flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • David Hale relieved Domingo German
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki grounded out to pitcher
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Naquin grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks popped out to first
            • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Voit struck out on foul tip
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sanchez lined out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • O. Mercado: Mercado singled to right center
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Santana homered to right center, Mercado scored
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bauers popped out to second
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Urshela grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
            • K. Plawecki: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Plawecki flied out to deep center
            • T. Naquin: Naquin homered to center
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Gregorius reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • K. Morales: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Morales grounded into double play first to third to pitcher, Gregorius out at second
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mercado singled to center
            • Ca. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana walked, Mercado to second
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis singled to right, Mercado scored, Santana to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu flied out to right
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks homered to right
            • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martin flied out to center
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to third
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Naquin flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez singled to center
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius singled to deep right, Sanchez to third, Gregorius out at second
            • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morales walked
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier doubled to left center, Sanchez scored, Morales to third
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Urshela reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Morales out at home
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kipnis singled to right
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ramirez popped out to second
            • J. Bauers: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kipnis caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Bauers struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • Z. Plesac Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, LeMahieu struck out on foul tip
            • A. Hicks: Hicks flied out to right
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • O. Mercado: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Mercado struck out looking
            • Ca. Santana: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)