The Cleveland Guardians broke the New York Yankees in every way possible on Saturday night.
The Cleveland Guardians capped off the comeback of comebacks on Saturday night. Trailing by two in the final inning of Game 3, the Guardians mounted a miracle comeback that should feel all too familiar by now for fans and foes alike. The Guards held the Yankees to just five hits all game, but unfortunately, three of which were home runs.
Entering the 9th inning, the Guards were down by two, but the kids kept swinging. Luke Maile flew out but Myles Straw was able to get on base. Steven Kwan advanced him and got on himself before Straw was driven in eventually by Amed Rosario.
Now, down by one and with two outs, the Guardians got what they thought would be the savior of the game when Jose Ramirez came to the plate. Ramirez got on, but his infield single didn’t drive anyone in, instead loading the bases.
Josh Naylor came to the base looking to hit a grand slam and struck out like he was. That left Oscar Gonzalez to come in and finish the job, but after getting down to his final strike, Cleveland gathered their collective breath. Gonzalez proved the kids are alright, however, and hit a shot up the middle that scored the tying run (Kwan) and eventually the walk-off run (Rosario).
The masterful comeback didn’t just break the spirits of the Yankees faithful but also broke a record the Yankees had for decades.
The Cleveland Guardians shattered a New York Yankees record
According to the folks at ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter, the Yankees came into Saturday’s game 167-0 in the postseason, when they had a two-run lead or more entering the final frame of action.
That was, until, Saturday. The Guardians’ comeback snapped a legendary run by the Bronx Bombers and did so in dramatic fashion. The five-game series isn’t over, however, and now the Guards have to face the Yankees one more time later today to advance to the ALCS against the Houston Astros.
The day was marked by Spongebob Squarepants memes, celebratory memes, and a fight that saw two New York Yankee fans get knocked out for running their mouths. I don’t support violence, but it happened.