The Cleveland Guardians They landed the final strike, but Team Scrappy did it again.
The Guardians scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning New York Yankees 6-5, now leading the best-of-five series at two games to one.
Vandy Peralta retired the first five batters he faced, but after back-to-back bloop hits to put the winning run at the plate, Aaron Boone walked Clark Schmidt right. However, he allowed back-to-back singles to load the bases, cut the Yanks’ lead to one, and put the tying and winning runs in scoring position. He struck out Josh Naylor, but Oscar Gonzalez, who sent the Guardians to the ALDS with a walk-off homer, lined a single up the middle to score two runs and win the game.
Guardians boarded the board early. Steven Kwan scored on a Josh Naylor single after his leadoff double.
But Aaron Judge After going 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts in his first 10 plate appearances in the series, he reminded fans that Aaron is still the arbiter. He blasted a two-run homer 449 feet off Tristan McKenzie to tie the game.
In the top of the fourth, rookie Osvaldo Cabrera, who had been dropped from the five hole to the ninth, hit a two-run shot of his own to give the Yanks a 4-2 lead. McKenzie allowed four runs on four hits, one walk and struck out five in his five innings of work.
Luis Severino Then settled down, retiring 13 in a row at one point. But he allowed back-to-back two-out singles, prompting Aaron Boone to bring in Lou Trivino, but he also allowed a single to Will Brennan to put Cleveland inside. With that, Severino allowed eight hits and struck out six in 5.2 innings of three-run ball.
Harrison Bader got a run back in the seventh, though, with a solo shot, his second home run in his last three games. However, apparently that is not enough.
It was a tough night defensively for Isiah Kiner-Falefa – although not fouled, the Guardians’ first run could have been prevented if he hadn’t scored on a ball that went under his glove. In the sixth, he couldn’t get Andres Gimenez out on an infield single that eventually scored.
The Yankees are built to beat you with a home run – they did their job and hit three. Guardians Scrap and Claw were built for success – they had 15 hits, 13 of them singles. The latter won.
The Yankees went into this series as heavy favorites — and they’re now on the brink of elimination.
The Guardians believe Cal Quantrill is a series clincher, while the Yankees will ask Gerrit Cole to save their season and send the season back to the Bronx on Monday.