Game 4 featured a rematch of the pitching matchup from Game 1 between Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and the Guardians’ Cal Quantrill. Quantrill’s impressive run of 44 career appearance (34 starts) without suffering a defeat at Progressive Field came to an end, though, as he gave up three runs in the first two innings, and suffered the loss.
The Guardians tried to claw back into the game, scoring a run in the second on a Ramírez bloop single, followed by a Naylor home run in the third. Naylor drew the Yankees’ ire with his celebration and subsequent attempt to energize the Guardians. However, this seemed to anger Cole, who went on to retire the next ten Guardians hitters in order, allowing the Yankees to extend their lead to 4-2 on a Giancarlo Stanton sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Yankees’ bullpen closed out Cole’s impressive outing, sending the series back to New York for a deciding winner-take-all Game 5.