It’s never easy with the New York Yankees.
After Josh Donaldson crushed a solo home run in the seventh inning to bring the Yankees all the way back from a 2-0 deficit, it seemed like New York was in the driver’s seat to win its second straight over the Guardians.
When Chad Green strutted out for the eighth inning, though, Yankees fans got a feeling Cleveland wouldn’t go quietly. Lo and behold, Green’s struggles to start the season continued as he surrendered a two-out, two-run home run to Austin Hedges to put the Guardians back up 4-3 late stages.
The Yankees went down quietly, but Miguel Castro got the crowd back into it by retiring Cleveland in order in the ninth.
Seemingly feeding off the newfound energy, Isiah Kiner-Falefa came through with a two-out double to plate Tim Locastro to tie the game. The in-form shortstop missed a walk-off home run by just a few feet, but he got the job done … again!
The Yankees mounted a ninth-inning comeback to defeat the Guardians on Saturday.
Kiner-Falefa isn’t here for your placeholder talk! The 27-year-old is making the shortstop position his own and folks shouldn’t talk about Oswald Peraza or Anthony Volpe replacing him until further notice, especially with the two prospects struggling out of the gates to start the season.
With zero intention of playing extra innings, Gleyber Torres stepped up as a pinch hitter and shut the door with the game-winning single. Down 1-2 in the count, Torres was gifted a hanging slider and took full advantage.
Unfortunately, the Yankees’ celebration was halted after a crowd of fans appeared to shower the Guardians outfield with food and beverages. While stadium security sees to it that those fans are banned, the celebrations can continue.
What once looked like a game New York was about to hand to Cleveland, Kiner-Falefa and Torres formed an unlikely hero partnership.
Having taken the first two games of the series, the Yankees will go for the sweep on Sunday with Gerrit Cole on the mound. What could go wrong?