New York Yankees advance to American League Championship Series

Down 2-0, the New York Yankees have won three games straight to advance to the ALCS against the Houston Astros

New York Yankees advance to American League Championship Series
Aroldis Chapman #54 of the New YorkYankees celebrates with teammates after their 5 to 2 win over the ClevelandIndians 0n October 11, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. |Oct. 10, 2017 - Source: GregoryShamus/Getty Images North America|
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The New York Yankees have advanced to the American League Championship Series after defeating the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night.

New York was down two games to none and pulled off a series comeback. For the first time in franchise history the Yankees have won four elimination games in the postseason.

The Indians were one win shy of a World Series title last season, but came up short. In 2017, they were out for redemption and had one goal on the mind. They came up short again, and have now lost six consecutive games that would have clinched a postseason series.

The Indians are the first team in history to blow a two-game series lead in back-to-back postseasons.

Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees hits a solo homerun in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians. |Oct. 11, 2017 - Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America|
Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees hits a solo homerun in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians. |Oct. 11, 2017 - Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America|

Didi Gregorius showed remanence of Derek Jeter with his game five performance. Gregorius would homer twice off Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, a solo homerun in the first and a two-run homerun in the third.

Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians looks on in the first inning against the New York Yankees. |Oct. 11, 2017 - Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America|
Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians looks on in the first inning against the New York Yankees. |Oct. 11, 2017 - Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America|

Kluber would not go long in his game five outing, pitching 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walked two.

New York dominates Cleveland

CC Sabathia delivered a solid performance for the Yankees, allowing two runs on four hits and struck out nine in 4 1/3 innings of work.

Sabathia would be perfect through the first three innings, not allowing a hit until Francisco Lindor singled to right in the fourth inning.

Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single scoring Austin Jackson #26 in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees in Game Five of the American League Divisional Series. |Oct. 11, 2017 - Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America|
Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single scoring Austin Jackson #26 in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees in Game Five of the American League Divisional Series. |Oct. 11, 2017 - Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America|

Cleveland did not put any runs on the board until the fifth. Austin Jackson and Jay Bruce hit singles give the Indians first and second with one out. Back-to-back singles from Roberto Perez and Giovanny Urshela brought the Indians within a run.

David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Cleveland Indians in Game Five of the American League Divisional Series. |Oct. 11, 2017 - Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America|
David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Cleveland Indians in Game Five of the American League Divisional Series. |Oct. 11, 2017 - Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America|

Brett Gardner would single to right in the top of the ninth inning, giving the Yankees more insurance runs.

David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman would finish the game for the Yankees, not allowing a hit and striking out six.

On to Houston

rett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees singles in a run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros. |June 29, 2017 - Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America|
rett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees singles in a run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros. |June 29, 2017 - Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America|

The Houston Astros won the regular season series against the Yankees 5-2. In the seven games played, Houston scored 43 runs while the Yankees scored 41.

In game one, Houston will send out Dallas Keuchel. In his lone start against the New York this season, Keuchel pitched six innings allowing three runs on six hits and struck out seven.

The Yankees will have a tough decision on who to start in game one. Luis Severino last pitched on October 9th, putting him on four days’ rest. Their other option would be Sonny Gray. Gray’s last outing was October 5th, allowing three runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings against Cleveland.

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