The Cleveland Guardians dropped Game 1 of the ALDS to the Yankees 4-1 on Tuesday night. Gerrit Cole earned the win, allowing just one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings, racking up eight strikeouts before turning the ball over to the Yankees bullpen, which closed the game out, allowing just two more hits.
Cleveland starter Cal Quantrill took the loss, giving up three earned runs on just four hits, but allowing three walks and two home runs in five innings. The Guardians bullpen continued its dominant stretch with three scoreless innings after Quantrill left the game.
While there are reasons for concern (such as the four runs Cleveland has scored in 33 postseason innings thus far), there were also some encouraging signs that point to this becoming an exciting series.