Today In Tribe History: October 5, 1997
Bob Toth | On 05, Oct 2014
The Cleveland Indians are four outs from elimination against the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series, when single runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings give the Tribe a 3-2 win to force Game 5.
With two outs in the eighth, Sandy Alomar knots the game at two, driving a 2-0 pitch from Mariano Rivera over the wall in right field. In the ninth, Marquis Grissom leads off the inning with a single and scores with one out from second base on a game-winner by Omar Vizquel on a one-hopper off of the glove of Ramiro Mendoza that squeaked by shortstop Derek Jeter. The New York bullpen had not allowed a run in the series until Alomar’s shot.
Ten years later on the same date, the Indians will against get to the Yankees in postseason walk-off fashion in “The Bug Game”, as Travis Hafner’s two-out, bases loaded single to the alley in right-center in the eleventh inning pushes Cleveland past New York, 2-1.