Yankees drop Game 3 of ALDS to Guardians

Luis Severino allowed three runs over 5.2 innings.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

CLEVELAND -- The phone rang in the visitors’ bullpen during the ninth inning on Saturday evening as Wandy Peralta neared the end of his line, a two-run Yankees lead appearing more in jeopardy with each fatigued pitch. The voice crackled through the earpiece, identifying Clarke Schmidt as the choice to warm up. No one was more surprised than Clay Holmes.

Though Holmes said he was available to take the ball, manager Aaron Boone bypassed the veteran in favor of Schmidt, handing the rookie the most challenging assignment of his young career. One pitch away from nailing down a commanding lead in this American League Division Series, it is now the Yankees who face elimination.

Oscar Gonzalez ripped a two-out, two-strike single into center field, sparking a delirious celebration near first base and handing the Yankees a heartbreaking 6-5, walk-off loss to the Guardians in Saturday’s ALDS Game 3 at Progressive Field. Cleveland now leads the best-of-five ALDS, two games to one.

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