The Yankees were walked off by Oscar Gonzalez, and the young Cleveland Guardians are one win away from the ALCS.
Gonzalez, the same rookie who hit a walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays to move on to the ALDS in the first place, defeated the Yankees with a single up the middle in the ninth inning of Game 3.
The Guardians rally was all thanks to some tragic bullpen management from Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who likely felt he couldn’t pitch Clay Holmes two games in a row this fresh off an injury. The arms New York did go to simply failed, with Clarke Schmidt as the final victim after a mid-inning change.
Gonzalez and Cleveland are the youngest team in all of baseball, and in some ways don’t know any better. In this moment, it worked to their advantage.
Yankees lose in painful fashion, trolled by rivals
The Yanks actually made the wrong kind of MLB history on Saturday night.
Somehow, Boone found a way, and the Yanks lost to a rookie with the Spongebob theme song as his walk-up tune.
With the loss, New York is now just one more bad result away from elimination. Gerrit Cole will take the bump on Sunday in a win-or-go-home scenario. That’s why they pay him the big bucks, but at this point Yankees fans can’t be too confident in Cole or their bullpen, even against Cleveland.