New York Yankees

New York Yankees

New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: Oscar Gonzalez #39 of the Cleveland Guardians rounds third base on his way to scoring a run on a one-run RBI double hit by Josh Naylor #22 (not pictured) during the tenth inning against the New York Yankees in game two of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 14, 2022 in New York, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

GUARDIANS 4 – YANKEES 2
Series tied 1-1

And just like that we got a brand new series. Behind a two-run tenth inning rally, the Cleveland Guardians stunned the Yankees and a sold out crowd at Yankee Stadium to beat the Yanks 4-2, evening up this best-of-five series at one a piece.

The Guardians tied the game at two in the top of the fifth inning when former Met Amed Rosario cracked a solo homer to right-center of Game 2 starter Nestor Cortes, chasing him from the game after five innings. The contest would remain tied at two until the top of the tenth.

Jose Ramirez led off the top of the tenth by blooping a hit to left in front of a diving Oswaldo Cabrera, who couldn’t make the catch. Josh Donaldson tried to back-up the play, but his throw into the infield went wide of first baseman Anthony Rizzo, allowing Ramirez to move to third.

Oscar Gonzalez followed with a bloop single over the head of Rizzo, allowing Ramirez to score the go-ahead run.

Finally, Josh Naylor lined a double over the head of center fielder Harrison Bader to give the Guardians a 4-2 lead.

  • Aaron Judge struggles at the Plate

    Perhaps the biggest story of the series so far is the fact that Aaron Judge went 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in the first two games. Judge even heard a smattering of boos from the sell out crowd. The slugger who bashed 62 home runs during the regular season addressed the slump.

  • Yankees Struggle in Key Spots

    Perhaps  the biggest lost opportunity came in the eighth inning when the Yankees had two men on base but Oswaldo Cabrera struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch. Later, after a walk to Isiah Kiner-Falefa loaded the bases, Kyle Higashioka lined out to third to end the inning.

     

  • What's next?

    With the series tied at one, the Yankees and Guardians head to Cleveland tonight for Game 3 of the series on Saturday night. These two teams could conceivably play four games in four days after Thursday’s rain-out.

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