On Friday night in game two of the ALDS the Indians erased and 8-3 deficit with an incredible walk off winner in the bottom of the 13th inning on an RBI single down the 3rd baseline by Yan Gomes. The game which started at 5:08 PM did not end until 10:16 pm…five hours and eight minutes in duration. The win gave Cleveland a 2-0 series lead and puts them one win away from advancing to the ALCS for the second straight season and sending the Yankees home.
The comeback win just showed the passion and desire that this Cleveland team has been playing with for the past 3+ months. The Indians have carried the momentum of a 102 win season and a record setting 22 game winning streak into the postseason. Austin Jackson made mention of this in his game two postgame interview.
“The momentum carried over into this year,” Jackson said. “The fight in this team is unreal.”
Gomes also mentioned momentum in his interview as well.
“We know the momentum is on our side,” Gomes said. “Momentum is a big thing, especially in these kinds of games.”
After falling behind 8-3 the Indians biggest shot of momentum came in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a controversial call in which Lonnie Chisenhall appeared to be hit by a Chad Green pitch (replay shows in hit the knob of the bat) Francisco Lindor unloaded a grand slam off of the right field foul pole to pull the Indians within 8-7.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi chose not to review the hit by pitch on Chisenhall and it came back to bite him on the grand slam. Jay Bruce tied the game at eight with a big solo homerun in the 8th inning off of David Robertson. That was the last of the scoring until Gomes walk off hit in the bottom of the 13th. Lindor summed up the amazing comeback in his postseason interview.
“The way everyone battled,” Lindor said. “Everyone got together, that was pretty special to watch. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”
The Indians now go into game three in the Bronx on Sunday night with 18 game winner Carlos Carrasco on the mound. Carrasco has been incredible pitching on the road this season posting an 11-2 record with a 2.65 ERA in 17 starts. He lost his one start against the Yankees in the regular season. This will be Carrasco’s first career postseason start.
The Yankees pin their hopes on Masahiro Tanaka who had a less than stellar regular season going 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA in 30 starts. His last and only postseason start came in 2015.
The winner of this series will face with winner of the Houston/Boston series in the ALCS. The Astros currently hold a 2-0 series lead.
Here are the highlights of the incredible game two comeback for your viewing pleasure.