1. Walk-off heroics
Just when they needed it, the Cleveland Indians got their fifth walk-off win of the year in unconventional fashion.
Brandon Guyer started the inning off recording a lead-off double to left field. On the 1-1 pitch in the next at-bat, Roberto Perez hit a sacrifice bunt to Red Sox first baseman Brock Holt. On what should have been a routine play to get Guyer out at third, Holt hesitated on the throw.
The hesitation caused Holt’s throw to go wide. As a result, Guyer was safe at third and continued to run the 90 feet home to score the game-winning run.
“[Perez] getting the bunt down, I just put my head down and ran to third, I didn’t even know if [Holt] was going to throw to third,” Guyer said. “I saw the ball go by him, I was like damn, that’s going, I think I can go home.”
“Just a routine play, just couldn’t get it out of the glove,” Holt said after the game. “Fumbled it a little bit, then tried to rush the throw, and made a bad one.”
While the walk-off was obviously huge, Perez came up big in the second inning as well, nailing a three-run homer that gave the Indians a 3-2 lead. It was just his second home run this season, and his three RBI tied his single-game career-high.