Nelson Cruz hit a possible season-saving two run home run and celebrated like he knew it
After the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox earlier in the day, it forced the Mariners into a must-win scenario against the Athletics to keep their Wild Card hopes alive. Trailing the Athletics, 7-4, in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday, their two biggest hitters came through.
With a runner on third and one out, Robinson Cano hit a big single to cut the lead. He knew this was a big moment and pointed to the dugout to let them know:
One batter later, Nelson Cruz stepped to the plate to face Sean Doolittle. He took one fastball for a ball. He took another fastball he took for a ball. On a 2-0 offering, Doolittle offered another heater. Cruz did not miss, crushing his 43rd home run of the season to center field and tying the game. His adrenaline-filled fist pumping around first base is proof that this one felt bigger than the 42 other longballs that came before. Yes, even bigger than his 493-foot shot.
Unfortunately for Cruz, the Athletics added another run in the top of the eighth and it seemed it may have all been for naught. Fortunately, in the bottom of the eighth, Ben Gamel singled in the tying run.
Then in the bottom of the tenth, trailing again, Gamel led off with another single. After Cano grounded out, Cano stepped up to face Ryan Madson.