Thanks in large part to rookie phenom Gary Sanchez, the Yankees remain within striking distance of the second wild card spot. The came into Saturday only 3 1/2 games back, and with a win over the Orioles, they’d be only 2 1/2 back.
In the third inning of Saturday’s game, the Yankees took a 3-2 lead over the Orioles thanks to a steal of home by shortstop Didi Gregorius. It wasn’t a straight steal though. Starlin Castro took off from first, and when Matt Wieters threw down to second, Gregorius broke for home and beat the return thrown.
Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa originally called Gregorius out because the ball did beat him to the plate, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi asked for a replay, and the review center in New York confirmed Gregorius did in fact avoid the tag with a swim throw. Check it out:
That’s a heck of a slide by Gregorius. The Yankees haven’t exactly been known for their baserunning in recent years, but with so many younger players in the lineup nowadays, they’re being a little more aggressive. Stealing home on the back-end of a double steal is some nice trickery.
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Source: CBS Sports / WATCH: Yankees successfully steal home on back-end of double steal