It took a bit of longer than anticipated, however the Cleveland Guardians superior to the ALDS on Saturday, after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 within the second sport of the Wild-Card Sequence. The Guardians scored within the backside of the fifteenth inning, sending Progressive Area right into a frenzy, and sending the Rays residence for the winter.
Within the backside of the fifteenth, Cleveland outfielder Oscar González stepped to the plate to steer off the inning. Dealing with former Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber, González took the primary pitch, a lower fastball, for ball one.
He didn’t let the second go by him:
Kubler left the cutter proper over the guts of the plate, and the rookie right-fielder made the pitcher pay, drilling it to deep left area for the walk-off residence run.
It was a no-doubter off his bat:
The sport between the 2 groups was pitchers duel from the beginning, as each group’s beginning pitchers allowed only a pair of hits over their respective outings. Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow allowed two hits over 5 innings, placing out 5, whereas Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie allowed a pair of hits over six innings pitched.
From there, the bullpens took over, and largely held the bats in examine till the fifteenth inning. One of the best scoring likelihood for both group passed off within the prime of the fifteenth, as Tampa Bay infielder Vidal Bruján led off the inning with a single. After a strikeout, Rays outfielder Manuel Margot singled to middle, with Bruján advancing to 3rd.
However then Guardians pitcher Sam Hentges struckout the following two hitters, setting the stage for González’s heroics.
Cleveland’s reward? A visit to the Bronx for the ALDS, the place they’ll tackle Aaron Choose and the New York Yankees.