Indians spoil Didi’s return in Cleveland

After returning from an 8 month absence from Tommy John Surgery, Yankees SS Didi Gregorious looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. Gregorious went 2-4 hitting 2 hard singles in his first two at bats. He struck out in his final plate appearance to end the game, but felt good about his return.

“Something I always looked forward to,” Gregorius said of his return, in which he went 2-for-4 with a strikeout. “I felt at home as soon as I came back. It was a really good day even though we didn’t get the W. It’s a good start.’’

Despite a solid 2019 debut from Didi, the Yankees struggled to get much offense going as rookie pitcher Zach Plesac pitched 7 solid innings with 5 strikeouts and 2 runs allowed. It was the first win of his rookie career.

The game broke open in the 6th inning as Indians 1b, Carlos Santana hit his 12th blast of the season to right center off Domingo German whose recent struggles continued.

“I tried to expand the zone with a change-up down and in for a double play,’’ German said of the pitch to Santana. “I left it high and he took advantage of it.’’

In his past three starts, German is 1-2 with an 8.79 ERA and the previous All-Star talk is withering away. German seems to be struggling with location and will need to get back to form with Luis Severino not expected to be back until after the All-Star break.

With the Indians up 5-2, closer Brad Hand recorded his 19th save after he struck out the Yankees final three batters including Gregorious to end the game. His 19th save is tied with Shane Greene (DET) for most in the American League.

The Yankees will have to improve on both sides as C.C Sabathia continues to look for the 250th win of his career in Cleveland. He takes the mound against Adam Plutko (1-1) 6.35 ERA. The first pitch is scheduled later today at 4:05PM and you can catch all the action right here on 640 The Hurricane.