Yankees vs. Guardians score: Cleveland jumps out early in ALDS Game 3 but Aaron Judge ties game with homer 62

It’s a 1-1 series with play shifting to Cleveland on Saturday without an off day

Aaron Judge finally found his swing. The 62-home run man, who has been in a miserable slump for several weeks, saw the light Saturday in Cleveland, tying ALDS Game 3 with a two-run homer after the Guardians jumped out to a quick start with the help of Josh Naylor and Steven Kwan.

The Guardians send lanky right-hander Triston McKenzie to the mound. He had a breakthrough regular season and was dominant in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series, striking out eight in six scoreless innings while only allowing two hits. Things have been trending in that direction for a while, highlighted by a 2.19 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 111 innings in his last 17 regular-season starts. His lone outing against the Yankees this year started that stretch, as he worked seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and only one hit allowed on July 3. The Yankees counter with Luis Severino. An injury wiped out most of his second half, but he returned to make three starts at the end of the season, pitching to a 1.69 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 16 innings. The Guardians haven’t seen him since July 12, 2018, so there will be an awful lot of unknown here. 

Both bullpens were taxed in Game 2, though it came after two off days. We might not start really seeing the effects of the compressed Games 2-5 schedule until Game 4, but Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase, arguably the best reliever in baseball, was extended pretty far in Game 2.