Cleveland dropped its seventh straight postseason contest to extend its longest postseason losing streak in club history falling to the Yankees in Game 1 last night 12-3.  Aaron Judge smashed a tone-setting, two-run homer on Bieber’s fourth pitch and Gerrit Cole struck out 13 in his New York playoff debut.

Judge and the rest of New York’s hitters hadn’t faced Bieber in 2020, but they were well prepared and took some meaty cuts against the 25-year-old ace, who gave up season highs in runs (seven) and hits (nine) over 4 2/3 innings — his shortest stint since June 9 last season against the Yankees.

“The first inning didn’t go as planned,” Bieber said. “I wish I would have been with my off-speed stuff in the zone, and challenged those guys a little more. I forced myself into some bad situations and some bad counts on top of not having my best stuff and making mistakes.

“No excuses. It was not good.”

When Bieber’s final pitch clanged loudly off the empty left-field bleachers on a two-run homer by Gleyber Torres in the fifth, the Yankees were up 7-2 and had delivered a boisterous postseason message to the rest of baseball: Don’t forget us.

Josh Naylor (4-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 2R) appeared in his first postseason game, doubling in his first at-bat in the bottom of the 2nd and hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th to make it a 5-2 ballgame…marked his first home run in a Cleveland uniform since being traded from San Diego at the deadline.

The best-of-three series continues Wednesday night with Carlos Carrasco trying to save Cleveland’s season against Masahiro Tanaka.