He stumbled into the 2020 postmen. They now stand tall.
DJ Lehmahieu’s superb single in the ninth inning off Brad Hand sent the Yankees to the AL Division Series – and a matchup with rival Tampa Bay – after a wild 10-9 victory in Cleveland’s longest nine-inning start Thursday. Hui. The game in major league history.
“I’m 47 years old. I’ve seen a lot of baseball. I’ve seen a lot in my Dad’s playoff games, been in some very big games, and I don’t know how to top you – it’s back and forth, The amount of big plays, ”said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “Tonight it seemed that these people would not refuse.
“They were not losers.”
4 hours, 50 minutes – even a total of another 76 minutes without two rains – it was dry. It is no surprise that Aerodis Chapman was ruled out for the final well after 1pm that Yankee was barely celebrated on the field. They observed the COVID protocol and shared a handful of bumps.
Boone said, “You don’t have to pour champagne on each other to appreciate an epic game.
The Yankees will play the Rays in a Best Five category series next week in San Diego. New York won the Test season series 2–8 with top-seeded Tampa Bay, winning the AL East by seven games over second-placed Yankees.
“They have been the best team in our league all year, so we are excited to play the best team and hopefully we can have our way with them,” he said.
During the short, 60-game regular season AL batting champion, LeMahieu, hit his ground to score Gio Urshela, who hit a go-forward grand slam first and made a big defensive play at third base.
“It was one of the best games I’ve played in my life,” said Urshela.
Down 9-8, the Yankees tied in the ninth of Gary Sanchez’s Hand Fly Fly, who went 16 of 16 in save attempts during the season, but stumbled through the walk.
The Yankees were wobbling last week. But their heavy lineup was rolled out in Mirchi for two nights, mostly empty progressive grounds. New York landed Cleveland ace Shane Bieber as the opener and now the Yankees, who hit seven homers in the series, found their swing as the flap of the month that defines them.
“We probably caught people’s attention,” Boone said. “We haven’t done anything yet. It was just a step.”
Chapman got the last six overs for the win, starting an inning double in the eighth through a superb play from Urshela, making it a one-run game. The Indians dismissed Chapman-hitter Austin Hedges for the first time in the ninth before a possible tying run with two outs.
For Indians, a season of adversity ends with more heartache. He rallied twice to tie the Yankees and took the lead in the eighth part of Cesar Hernandez’s Blop RBI and gave Chapman only reliable hand.
Cleveland, which has not won the World Series since 1948, has lost eight straight postseason games and dropped 10 consecutive Elimination Games – a major league record – that extended back to the 1997 series.
“We had many different things and a lot of obstacles,” said Sandy Alomar Jr., acting manager, who filled in while Terry Francona dealt with health issues. “But this group somehow stayed together – we had an eight-game losing streak, they came back.”
“Today’s game reflects how much this team grinds and how much they fight.”
Sanchez, who was in Game 1, hit a two-run homer and Giancarlo Stanton connected on a single shot for New York, which was 4-0 down earlier.
The Yankees were two different teams this season, as they played much better at home in the Bronx, going 11–18.
He entered this extended postseason as the No. 5 seed and did not scare anyone, but now he has gained momentum.
“When we’re right,” Boone said before Game 2, “it doesn’t matter where we are.”
Down 8-6 and his postson in danger of a quick end, the Indians tied it in the seventh after a foul move by Alomar by pinch-hitter Jordan Luplau’s two-out, two-run double-right Jonathan LoSiga.
With two, Alomar sent Lupalo to the plate instead of Josh Noyler, who became the first player in major league history to get five hits in his first five postson plate appearances.
Luplow smoked a ball that went over Aaron Hicks’ head and brought in two, sending Cleveland’s bench into a frenzy.
A two-time All-Star, Sanchez was selected for the opener after hitting 147 in 60 matches, and he batted ninth for the first time in his career in Game 2.
But he rewarded the Indian rogues for tying a 6-all right-handed shot from a wind-aided shot from Troin McKenzie in the sixth inning.
“He showed me the last couple of days,” Boone told his entangled catcher.
Indians have a hint of uncertainty.
All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor scored 1 of 8 in the series and may have played his last game in Cleveland. The Indians have kept him under control for another season, but he has turned down several contract offers and the club may have no choice but to trade him before becoming a free agent.
The Indians’ pitchers drove 12, tied for the most in any postdeason game. The 19 combined walks by both teams also corresponded to a post mark. … The longest nine-inning game in the regular season lasted 4:45, the longest time in the postseason being 4:37. … Urshella is the third Yankees player to hit a grand slam in the postseason, including Guild McDougall (1951) and Tino Martinez (1998).
One More Chance
Based on what happens to Francona, Alomar could be Cleveland’s next manager. The former Indian All-Star catcher has been a managerial candidate elsewhere in the past, but never felt that any opportunity was real.
“Some interviews were, to me, token interviews,” he said. “If anyone is interested, they can call and we’ll talk. But it’s not like I’m pushing myself or promoting myself to be a manager.”
Indians: C Roberto Perez left with a right hand after hitting a pitch in the seventh.
Yankees: ALDS take some rest before starting on Monday.
Indians: Lindor, Francona’s health and perhaps a major name change is potentially turbulent.