Aaron Boone, now in the running to overtake Connie Mack's all-time record for managerial victories in 2051, flocked over his 2018 Yankees after this pleasingly efficient 5-2 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium , his team's third game this week, which lasted exactly 2 hours and 31 minutes.
"Whether we need to score with you, whether we need to win a game with low stakes, we find ways to win ball games," said the Yankees's first-year captain. "And I think that's hopefully a sign of a good team."
Sometimes the ballgame finds ways to win for you. On Saturday, the Yankees profited from physical, mental and technological collapse. If that happens, you might wonder if this is your year.
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Anyway, when Francisco Lindor placed a solo homer of Gray in the top of the fifth in the first game of the match, it looked like the right hander might be heading for a second straight-tough-luck loss. At this time, the Indian starter Trevor Bauer had retired 12 Yankees in succession.
Bauer made 13 appearances in a row, throwing eagerly-fighting Giancarlo Stanton back to first-baseman Yonder Alonso due to a foul, leaving his Mojo, Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar to deliver a single to Gleyber Torres, then Romine for a walk to force the Yankees to tie.
However, when Ronald Torreyes hits a hard ground just before the gold Glover Lindor looks like the Indians extinguish the threat. Until Lindor, who made a mistake on Friday night, first bobbling the ball and making sure everyone was safe, he made an unwise pitch for the third, where Jose Ramirez did not even look at him. At the time, Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez took the ball, two runs had scored on the double fault, giving the Yankees a stunning, 3-1 edge.
"Very surprising," Torreyes said through an interpreter from Lindor Meltdown. "He's very good out there at Shortstop, but that's baseball, sometimes it happens, this time it happened to him."
Another unfortunate event for the visitors: Brett Gardner threw a fly ball into the left field, far enough so that Romine could win another insurance run. Torreyes, however, unknowingly reported from the second base and dived into the third base, where Ramirez's shield could have caught him. And if Torreyes had been before Romine had gone home, it would have ruined Romine's run.
Third-base referee Tim Timmons said Torreyes was safe and the Indians had no challenge.
"We were dying [challenge]," said Francona. "We've already talked to the league, it's hard for us to get slow motion [replay] It's blurry, so there's nothing we definitely have … It's always been this way, we're trying to work it out, because you feel a little tied up. "The problem was throughout the league, Francona said, not limited to the Indians.
Okay, then. The Yankees took the lead 4-1, and from there drove to a 23-10 record, their best 33-game start since setting up a 24-9 mark in 2003.
"You have to do your own breaks," Boone said, and of course, the Yankees worked on these five-day trips to get the rest of the rally moving, but when things like a Lindor double-fault or good old-fashioned "technical difficulties" Look, you also have to credit fortunes, or? The Yankees can feel great and grateful for how things went on Saturday and better still in their upward direction.