CLEVELAND -- A pair of extra-inning replay reviews added some serious drama -- and momentum -- for the Indians in Friday's 9-8 win over the Yankees in 13 innings in Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. Cleveland leads 2-0 in the series.With the score tied at
CLEVELAND -- A pair of extra-inning replay reviews added some serious drama -- and momentum -- for the Indians in Friday's 9-8 win over the Yankees in 13 innings in Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. Cleveland leads 2-0 in the series.
With the score tied at 8, the Yankees' Todd Frazier reached second base to start the 11th inning after a throwing error by Indians third baseman Erik Gonzalez. Frazier was replaced by pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes, who lasted just one pitch before Tribe catcher Yan Gomes -- the eventual walk-off hero -- came up firing to nab Torreyes at second.
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At first, Torreyes thought he had snuck in under Francisco Lindor's impressive slap tag, with second-base umpire Brian O'Nora ruling that he was safe.
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"For some reason, I felt like it was quicker than when I normally tag the runners," Lindor said. "And as soon as I tagged him, I just felt like it was -- it was pretty close. It was just a tough angle for Brian at second base. He couldn't really see it. He just called what he thought he saw. I tagged him in the back, the shoulder/back area, so I can see why he called safe. But I'm glad we've got replay."
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The on-field call, challenged by Cleveland manager Terry Francona, was overturned in a key momentum swing. For Gomes, the 1.88-second pop time was his fastest to second base all year. That, coupled with Lindor's tag and a 80.4 mph throw, was just enough to catch Torreyes for a huge first out.
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"The plan right there was for our player [Brett Gardner] to bunt and me to go to third," Torreyes said through a translator. "I was trying to be aggressive there. I wanted to make sure that I had a good lead. I tried to get back, I did everything I could to get back as fast as I could. But I couldn't make it."
Gardner squaring around to bunt is what prompted Gomes to throw to Lindor.
"Any time somebody fake bunts or something, we're always trying to pick behind," Gomes said. "Lindor seemed like he was going to be pretty close, and then when you see them get the challenge call going, you're getting excited about it. It was a big play in that inning. Glad we got it done."
Prior to that, in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Indians took second base on an odd play that involved a working photographer. With two outs, Tribe outfielder Austin Jackson hit a dribbler back to the third-base side of the mound off Yanks closer Albertin Chapman. The lefty came running off the mound and fielded the ball, but he fell down as he threw across his body in a wild throw that skipped past first baseman Greg Bird to the camera well.
A photographer put up his hand and deflected the ball, which ended the play and gave Jackson a free pass to second. Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out to challenge the on-field ruling, which was confirmed as a ball out of play. Chapman then intentionally walked Gomes, before retiring Gonzalez on a flyout to send the game to the 11th.
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