Chappy fin­ishes job this time in Cleve­land

New York Post - - SPORTS - By DAN MARTIN

CLEVE­LAND — Aroldis Chap­man picked up the save in Wednesday night’s 5-2 Game 5 vic­tory over the In­di­ans to fin­ish off the Yan­kees’ ALDS win at Pro­gres­sive Field. On the same field a year ago, he gave up a game-ty­ing homer to Ra­jai Davis in the eighth in­ning of Game 7 of the World Se­ries while pitch­ing for the Cubs.

“That wasn’t on my mind at all,” Chap­man said through an in­ter­preter of the de­cid­ing game the Cubs wound up win­ning in 10 in­nings over the In­di­ans in 2016.

Chap­man en­tered Wednesday in the eighth in­ning, this time to start the in­ning with the Yan­kees cling­ing to a onerun lead.

Joe Gi­rardi didn’t take any chances with an ALDS vic­tory over the In­di­ans in sight, so he went to his closer for the last six outs of the game and Chap­man earned an­other save in the Yan­kees’ se­ri­esclinch­ing 5-2 win.

“I knew it was an im­por­tant game, and if we needed me to go more than two in­nings, there was a chance I would have to do that,” Chap­man said. “I’m fine with that.”

He re­tired the side in or­der in the eighth, fan­ning two, after David Robert­son held the In­di­ans’ lineup down for 2 2/3 in­nings in re­lief of CC Sa­bathia.

Still with three outs to go, the Yan­kees — and Cleve­land’s aw­ful de­fense — gave Chap­man some mar­gin for er­ror.

The Yan­kees scored two runs in the top of the ninth, one un­earned, to make it a three-run lead.

“When you’re win­ning by one run, any­thing can hap­pen,” Chap­man said. “We were able to score some runs there and it helps you relax and get fo­cused.”

The closer said he moved around a lot in the top of the ninth, which took nearly a half hour to com­plete, and he pitched around a lead­off walk in the bot­tom of the in­ning.

“[Chap­man] wants to win,” Joe Gi­rardi said. “He’s a win­ner and that’s why we went out and got him again [in the off­sea­son] be­cause we knew that he was re­ally, re­ally good at what he did and he ob­vi­ously pitched in the World Se­ries and loves the com­pe­ti­tion. I mean, his in­nings were great this whole se­ries.”

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