Francisco Lindor went from hero to goat very quickly for the Cleveland Indians in Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees. In the top of the fifth, he hit a 419-foot solo home run off Sonny Gray to put the Indians up 1-0 (only two days after homering from both sides of the plate against the Toronto Blue Jays), but in the bottom of the fifth, he turned what looked like a potential double play into a double error. The bases were loaded with one out when pitcher Trevor Bauer walked in the game-tying run. Then, a ground ball to Lindor at short turned into a disaster instead of an inning-ending double play, as he first muffed the pickup and then muffed the throw to third, allowing two runs to score.
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Ouch. That gave the Yankees a lead they’d never relinquish, as they went on to win 5-2. And it marked another setback for the Indians, who fell to 17-16 with the loss. Meanwhile, the Yankees improved to 23-10 and closed the gap on the Red Sox to half a game. But they had a little help along the way thanks to Lindor’s double error here.