Gomes sends em home happy with a 3-run blast – #Indians 4-1 Final over #Rockies pic.twitter.com/7YBtx7YGyX
— Matt Loede (@MattLoede) August 9, 2017
1. The walk-off
Much like Edwin Encarnacion’s walk-off from exactly two weeks ago, the video speaks for itself.
Prior to the ninth inning, The Tribe recorded just four hits. Encarnacion got on base by drawing a walk, and Zimmer followed suit two at-bats later.
An Austin Jackson RBI-single would be enough to tie the game and bring in Brandon Guyer, who pinch ran for Encarnacion.
With two outs, Gomes stepped to the plate. Known for his specialty of hitting low fastballs, Rockies closer Greg Holland attempted to give Gomes a high pitch, but didn’t get the ball up high enough in the zone:
Gomes rocked the 95 mph pitch into the bleachers to ice the game and avoid extra innings. It was the Indians fourth walk-off win, and improved their home record to 31-26.
“I was going to be aggressive no matter what,” Gomes said. “Just trying to get a nice little base hit so we can win, and I got a little bit better pitch than that.”
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