By Alfredo Alvarez
Miami- Just 15 days ago, Gleyber Torres was playing in a game for Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, and he had no idea, neither he nor anyone, that just two weeks later, he would be hitting his second homerun in the Big Leagues, this time in dramatic fashion with a walk-off shot!
WALK IT OFF GLEYBER!
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) May 6, 2018
This afternoon, the rookie sensation of the Bombers left the Indians on the field with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Not only has the Venezuelan second baseman been important to the offense and defense, it has also served as a good luck charm, since the Yankees have won 14 of the last 15 games, since Gleyber put on the pinstripe uniform.
The game started with a clear pitcher duel between the Dominican Domingo German, and the American Mike Clevinger.
The game was scoreless until the 8th inning, where the Tribe scored 4 runs by a Tyler Naquin RBI single, also an RBI double by Francisco Lindor, a pass ball by Gary Sanchez that allowed Naquin to score and a sacrifice fly by Jason Kipnis.
Immediately in the bottom of the 8th, the Yankees responded. This season the Bombers have mastered the art of coming back. Thanks to an RBI hit by Brett Gardner and a double that brought two more runs from “The Judge” Aaron, the Yanks were now trailing only by 1.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Hollywood end will take place, when center field Aaron Hicks open the inning with a double, followed also by a double from Neil Walker, who brought Hicks to the plate tying the game to 4.
The Indians would then bring the Cuban right-hander reliever Dan Otero, who dominated Miguelito Andújar on a grounder to third, but then the manager Terry Francona, intentionally walked Giancarlo Stanton to pitch to Gleyber. The strategy would not go well for the great Francona, because in a 3-2 count, Torres decided to take out for a walk the queen of the 108 seams, to finish the game and make all 40,107 fans that were in the baseball cathedral: Yankee Stadium today, go crazy!!
In this way the Yankees sweep the Indians and now they are, without a doubt, the hottest team in all of baseball.
Tomorrow the Yankees rest, but on Tuesday the most exciting series of all this 2018 begins, when the Boston Red Sox visit the Bombers at Yankee Stadium. For the Bronx, the starter will be Luis Severino, while left-hander Drew Pomeranz will pitch for the Sox’s.
Sources of support: https://www.baseball-reference.com/ https://www.wikipedia.org/ http://sabr.org/
Images were taken from MLB.tv
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