Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Little League Home Run Leads Yanks Past Indians

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Little League Home Run Leads Yanks Past Indians

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CLEVELAND – After the Indians somehow pushed two runs across on an infield single, the Yankees responded with an oddity of their own:

The Little League home run.

Aided by two Cleveland errors, catcher Austin Romine made it around the bases to break a seventh-inning tie - sending the Yankees toward a 5-4 victory on a warm Saturday night at Progressive Field.

"It's always fun, trying to watch a catcher run to third," said Romine, who was able to jog home with the go-ahead run. "With our bullpen, we know if we can scratch a run there, we're in good shape."

Yet, Aaron Boone wasn't there to see it live.

The rookie Yankees manager was tossed for arguing a sixth-inning strikeout call against Giancarlo Stanton.

"I walked about a mile...I've watched every TV in this clubhouse," Boone said of the "nerve-wracking" nature of viewing the game inside. "Little bit of a wacky game wasn't always perfect and pretty but a really good win for us."

Greg Bird soon followed Boone's second managerial ejection with a solo home run, extending the Yanks lead to 4-2 against Indians starter Mike Clevinger.

Didi Gregorius had struck early, with a three-run homer in the first. But only in the T-ball box scores would there be a third Yankee homer off Clevinger (7-5).

Leading off the seventh inning, Romine roped a sure double that rolled to the right-center field wall.

Romine was striding near second when he saw Brandon Guyer bobble the ball. "It's kind of unknown territory for me continuing to go to third, but I felt like I was in a good spot," Romine said. "I didn't hesitate and it played out perfect."

Coming into third with a head-first slide, Romine was told by third base coach Phil Nevin that Erik Gonzalez's relay had sailed into the home dugout.

Third base umpire Gabe Morales pointed Romine home, and teammates fanned him with towels once he got to the Yankees bench. …

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