Both the Cleveland Indians and the New York Mets know how critical each game is right now as they both chase playoff places in their respective leagues. The Indians are still hoping to win the AL Central, while the Mets are just clinging on to hopes of an NL Wild Card spot. Wednesday’s game could prove to be one of those they each remember down the line after the way it unfolded.
The Indians came into the bottom of the tenth inning with a 3-2 lead thanks to the solo shot produced by Carlos Santana in the top half of the frame. But the bottom half would see them unravel. While the big plaudits will go to JD Davis for singling in the winning run, much has to be said about the play that set it up. With a chance to end the game via a double play, the Indians had no play for the second out as a result of second baseman Jason Kipnis not racing to the first base bag in time to beat Michael Conforto to the bag. The ball never arrived, and the Mets would capitalize, with the aforementioned Davis taking advantage to make it 4-3 and walkoff. The Indians will remember this if they fail to make the postseason. They remain three games back of the Twins in the division. The Mets, meanwhile, are just 1.5 games behind the second Wild Card spot.