Gomes caps Indians’ wild rally with game-winning single

Cleveland Indians’ Yan Gomes celebrates after hitting a game-winning single off New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances in the 13th inning of Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday in Cleveland. Austin Jackson scored on the play. The Indians won 9-8. (AP)
Updated 07 October 2017

Gomes caps Indians’ wild rally with game-winning single

LOS ANGELES, California: The Cleveland Indians overcame a five-run deficit to edge the New York Yankees 9-8 in a 13-inning marathon to seize a 2-0 lead in their Major League Baseball playoff series.
Yan Gomes applied the dramatic final touches with a run-batted-in single in the bottom of the 13th on Friday, giving the Indians their biggest playoff comeback in history and moving them to one win away from advancing to the American League Championship series.
“I am speechless. That was victory right there,” a shivering Gomes said after being doused with a bucket of ice-cold sports drink. “I will take it every day.”
Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Sunday in New York, giving the players just one day to recover after Friday’s extended showdown in Cleveland that lasted more than five hours.
In other American League action, Carlos Correa smashed a homer and drove in four runs to power Houston over Boston 8-2, pushing the Astros to the brink of advancing to the next round.
Houston seized a 2-0 lead with game three set for Sunday in Boston.
In Cleveland, the Indians’ Austin Jackson led off the bottom of the 13th by drawing a walk from Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances, and then stealing second base.
Gomes then worked the count to 3-2, and hit a hard chopper down the third base line past infielder Ronald Torreyes for the winning run.
“The understatement of the year would be to say there was a lot going on in that game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “There was so many things that happened that if we don’t do one of them, we probably lose.”
Josh Tomlin, the last of eight Cleveland pitchers, pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.
Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird homered for the Yankees, who squandered an 8-3 lead.
Behind by five runs, the Indians got a grand slam from Francisco Lindor off Chad Green in the sixth inning to cut it to 8-7, and Jay Bruce’s solo home run lead off the eighth and tied it at 8-8.
Cleveland starter Corey Kluber had his worst outing of the year, giving up six runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion had to leave the game in the first inning with a right ankle sprain.
In Houston, the Astros jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning when Jose Altuve smacked a two-out single to left field and Correa homered to left field.
The Red Sox responded in the second inning when Chris Young doubled, stole third base and scored on Jackie Bradley’s single up the middle, slicing the Astros’ lead in half.
Houston stretched the edge to 4-1 in the third when George Springer led off with a solo homer, Alex Bregman followed with a double and scored on an Altuve single to left field, prompting Boston to replace starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz.
Houston surged ahead 8-1 in the sixth before Boston tacked on a run in the ninth.
Elsewhere, Anthony Rizzo had a pair of two-out RBI hits and Kyle Hendricks pitched seven scoreless innings as the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 in game one of the National League division series.
Hendricks allowed two hits, struck out six while throwing 106 pitches.
Washington’s Stephen Strasburg held the Cubs hitless for 5 2/3 innings before allowing a pair of unearned runs in the sixth.
Strasburg allowed three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings.
Kris Bryant ended Strasburg’s no-hit bid with an RBI single that scored Javier Baez, who reached on an error by third baseman Anthony Rendon.
In the late game, Clayton Kershaw recorded the first postseason home win of his career as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 in the opening game of their best-of-five NL series.

Saudi Arabian woman drives F1 car to mark end of ban

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Saudi Arabian woman drives F1 car to mark end of ban

  • On the same day that women celebrated being allowed to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia, Aseel Al-Hamad drove an F1 car
  • Al-Hamad who is a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, is a keen driver and motorsport enthusiast

LE CASTELLET, France: Renault stole a march on their Formula One rivals on Sunday when they gave a Saudi Arabian woman a chance to mark a special day by driving one of their cars ahead of Sunday’s French Grand Prix.
On the same day that women celebrated being allowed to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia, Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of her national motorsport federation, took the wheel of the same car in which Kimi Raikkonen won the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

She was part of a Renault ‘passion parade’ hours ahead of the first French Grand Prix in a decade and the first to be held at the Le Castellet circuit for 28 years.
Al-Hamad who is a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, is a keen driver and motorsport enthusiast who took part in a training day on June 5 at the circuit.
"I have loved racing and motorsport from a very young age and to drive a Formula One car goes even beyond my dreams and what I thought was possible.

"It is a genuine honour to drive in front of the crowds at the team’s home race in France.
"I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream."
Aseel is responsible for creation of strategies to promote the education and training of women in motorsport in Saudi Arabia.



Al-Hamad had celebrated the end of the ban on women drivers with a lap of honour in a Jaguar F-TYPE.

Al-Hamad, the first female board member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, had never driven on a track in her home country before.

Al-Hamad joined Jaguar in a call for June 24thto be known as World Driving Day – a day when finally, the whole world can enjoy the thrill of being behind the wheel of a car. On World Driving Day Jaguar invites people to share a memory of their best driving moment (image or anecdote) using the #worlddrivingday.