CLEVELAND — When the Yankees left Cleveland five days ago, they were devastated. They boarded a plane for New York on the brink of elimination with their manager, Joe Girardi, under siege for a tactical blunder that led to an excruciating 13-inning defeat and a daunting deficit in this series.
And when the Yankees depart here in the wee hours of Thursday morning, it won’t be until they wash the Champagne out of their hair – and they will be feeling sky-high long before they get to the airport.
Behind two home runs from their reluctant slugger, Didi Gregorius; a lockdown performance from reliever David Robertson; and an epic at-bat from Brett Gardner, the Yankees capped a resounding comeback in this division series Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 5.
The final out came when Aroldis Chapman froze Austin Jackson with a letter-high fastball and threw his arms up in the air as his Yankees teammates raced out of the dugout.