Cleveland – New York spent almost five hours on the Yankees field, taking them from Wednesday to Thursday and from September to October.
They stumbled into the post-2020 season. They are standing tall now.
DJ LemahiuThe tiebreaking single in the ninth inning is close Brad Guy After a 10-9 win over Cleveland Indians early Thursday morning in the longest nine innings of major league history, the Yankees were sent to the AL Division Series – and the match against rival Tampa Bay.
“I’m 47 years old. I’ve seen a lot of baseball. I’ve seen my dad’s playoff games. I’ve been to some big games. I don’t know how you get it to the top – back and forth, the size of the big plays,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “Tonight there was a feeling that these individuals would not be denied.
“They’re not going to lose.”
In 4 hours, 50 minutes – 76 minutes without two rain delays – it was draining. This is not surprising Aroldis Chapman The Yankees did not celebrate on the field after 1 p.m. They observed the COVID protocols and shared some fist bumps as they exited.
“What an epic game and you don’t have to pour champagne on each other to appreciate what we’re moving through,” Boone said.
The Yankees will play Rays in the top five division series to be held in San Diego next week. New York went 2-8 in a trial season series with first-placed Tampa Bay, which is seven games ahead of second-placed Yankees in A.L.
“They have been the best team in our league all year, so we are happy to play the best team and be able to have our way with them,” Boone said.
Lemahiu, the AL batting champion in the abbreviated, 60-game regular season, scored his victory at the center field Geo Urshela, Having previously won a Grand Slam and played a great defensive game on the third floor.
“It was one of the best games I ever played in my life,” Urshela said.
9-8 down, the Yankees tied it in ninth place Gary SanchezHand’s sacrifice of 16 out of 16 attempts to save the season flies, but is stumbled upon by a walk.
The Yankees stumbled last week. But their heaviest impact is the two nights of chili, mostly plain progressive field. New York beat the Cleveland Ace Shane Bieber The Yankees, who hit seven homers at the start and now in the series, have found their oscillations as the calendar flips them to the defining month.
“We probably caught people’s attention,” Boone said. “We haven’t done anything yet. It’s just a step.”
Chapman had the last six outs for the win, which was a run-getter with the help of an amazing play from Urshela to start an innings-ending double in the eighth. Before Chapman hit the pinch-hitter, the Indians topped the ninth in the strikeout pass ball with two outs. Austin Hedges.
For Indians, a season of suffering ends with more mental anguish. They built the Yankees twice and took the lead on the eighth day Caesar HernandezChapman of RBI single only to give up the trusted hand.
Cleveland, who have not won a World Series since 1948, have lost eight straight post-season games and conceded 10 consecutive eliminations – a major league record – extended to the 1997 series.
“We had a lot of different things and a lot of obstacles,” said executive manager Sandy Alomer Jr., who filled in when Terry Francona was dealing with health issues. “But this team was together – by no means. We lost eight games and they came back.
“Today’s game reflects how much this team grinds and fights.”
Sanchez, who was benched in Game 1, had a two-run home Giancarlo Stanton Incorporated in a separate shot for New York, it was reduced to 4-0 in the first.
The Yankees were two different teams this season because they played better at home in the Bronx than they were on the road and went 11-18.
They entered as the 5th seed in this extended post season, not scaring anyone, but now they have gained momentum.
“When we’re right, Boone said before Game 2,” It’s okay where we are. “
8-6 down and at risk of a quick end to their postseason, the Indians tied it at seventh in the pinch-hitter Jordan LubloTwo out of the right-handed player, two runs Jonathan Loisica Following a bad action of aloe vera.
In two moves, Alomer sent Lublow to the plate instead Josh Neyler, Became the first player in major league history to win five of his first five post-season plate appearances.
Lublo smoked a ball into the center Aaron Hicks‘Comes with head and two and sends Cleveland’s bench frantically.
Twice All-Star, Sanchez was benched for the opening game after scoring over .147 in over 60 games, and he batted ninth in Game 2 for the first time in his career.
But he rewarded Boone’s confidence by connecting the Indians ’players in the sixth innings Tristan McKenzie 6-Right with a wind-assisted shot to build it all.
“He’s shown me a lot in the last two days,” Boone said of his complex catcher.
The Indians are going through a season of uncertainty.
All-Star Shortstop Francisco Lindor He may have played his last game in Cleveland, taking 1 for 8 in the series. The Indians are still under his control for one more season, but he has turned down several contract offers and has no choice but to trade him before he becomes a free agent.
The Indian pitchers had 12 runs in any post-season game. The 19 integrated styles of both teams matched a post-season mark. … The longest nine-inning game of the regular season lasted 4:45, the longest previous in the season taking 4:37. … Urshela, the third Yankees to score a Grand Slam the following season, joined Gill McDougall (1951) and Dino Martinez (1998).
Depending on what happens to Francona, Alomer could be Cleveland’s next manager. The former All-Star catcher has been an executive candidate elsewhere in the past, but has never realized that any opportunity is real.
“Some interviews are token interviews for me,” 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 as a manager.”
Indians: c Roberto Perez Left with the injured right hand after being hit by the pitch in seventh.
Yankees: Get some rest before ALDS starts on Monday.
Indians: Lindor, the turbulent officer of Francona’s health and a major decision on a name change.