Simply said, The Guardians continue to battle like any baseball team. The Guardians fought to win Game 3 against the New York Yankees 6-5 after falling behind 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sunday evening is Game 4 at Progressive Field.
With bloop doubles to the left, Myles Straw and Steven Kwan started the ninth inning. The Yankees’ lead was immediately reduced to 5-4 by a single by Amed Rosario through the left side of the infield. After Jose Ramirez’s infield single, the bases were loaded with no one out.
Oscar Gonzalez scored the winning run with a single back up the middle with one out. The Yankees are about to hit the highway to a long, cold winter, and they just made a choice that could come back to haunt them.
Were there not any save situations where Clay Holmes could have been called upon? On Saturday, Clarke Schmidt came in to pitch in a key ninth-inning jam, even though the situation screamed for Holmes.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Gonzalez drove in two runs on a 1-2 slider from Schmidt to give Cleveland the victory. After the game, Holmes indicated he was ready, willing, and able to pitch, although manager Aaron Boone preferred to avoid using him unless necessary.
The situation couldn’t be any more pressing than it is right now. On a blustery evening, Cleveland took a 2-1 lead in the ALDS, setting up a repeat of Game 1 between the Yankees and Sunday night, with Gerrit Cole facing Cal Quantrill in a pivotal game for New York’s postseason hopes.
Aaron Judge remarked, “Can’t sit here and pout on it,” but can anyone in Yankees Universe dare think that their MVP, free-agent ready slugger might be playing his last game for the team? In Game 4, a must-win, we must bring our A game on Sunday night.