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classic fall: indians’ series hopes dashed by early exit

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classic fall: indians’ series hopes dashed by early exit

cleveland (ap) — the stinging loss still too fresh to process, outfielder michael brantley worked his way around the solemn, shocked clubhouse and hugged some new indians teammates and ones he’s played with for years.the emotion was raw, not like in 2016, when broken hearts were filled with pride following an extra-inning loss in game 7 of the world series.it hurt more this time.josh tomlin’s eyes welled with tears as he searched for words to explain what had happened. none ever came.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.october, the month when championships are seized or squandered, was callous to cleveland once more.“i’m not really sure how you get over something like this,” tomlin said after the indians were pitched from the postseason with a 5-2 loss to the new york yankees on wednesday night in game 5 of the al division series. “i’m not really sure i’m over last year, either. the only way to get over something like this is to go out there and win, and that’s not what happened.”what happened was the indians didn’t hit, didn’t pitch and, like last year, didn’t deliver a knockout punch while giving up a two-game lead in the postseason. it’s an unforgiveable sin, and sadly, one cleveland teams have repeated.since 1999, the indians are 3-17 in series-clinching games, an unconscionable record in the most consequential month. in the past two years, cleveland has lost six consecutive games — three with a chance to win their fir...