The Yankees were tied with the Astros 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS. After Luis Severino pitched four innings and Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson combined to give up only one hit in four innings, the Yankees put in Aroldis Chapman to help send the game to extras.
Instead, Chapman gave up a one-out single to American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve and a walk-off double to shortstop Carlos Correa.
On Correa's game-winner, the shortstop lined his extra base hit to right-center field. Altuve, who stands at 5'6" and has plenty of speed, was rounding the bases quickly as Aaron Judge cut the ball off at the edge of the warning track. While it looked like Altuve was going to be held at third base, Judge didn't hit Starlin Castro -- the cut-off man -- and instead fired the ball to Didi Gregorius at second base.
When Gregorius received the baseball, he immediately turned and fired it to home plate. But center Gary Sanchez, who was benched at one point this season by Joe Girardi for his lacking defense, was unable to corral the throw, allowing Altuve to slide in safe at home plate. If Sanchez held onto the ball, Altuve was likely out, which would've given the Yankees a strong shot at having a chance to pull off the upset on the road in extras.
"That's a play that I'm used to making," Sanchez said via ESPN. "...The bottom line is: If I catch that ball, he's going to be out."
The Yankees are trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven ALCS. They are back in action at Yankee Stadium against the Astros on Monday at 8:08 p.m. ET.