Aug. 19, 2000
Yankees 9, Angels 1
On June 29, thanks to shoddy play by the Tigers, the Yankees became the second team in history to hit three sacrifice flies in one inning. Last Saturday, New York did it again. In the third inning Glenallen Hill scored after Anaheim leftfielder Ron Gant dropped Jorge Posada's fly ball, a play that was ruled a sacrifice for Posada and an error on Gant. Six pitches later Scott Brosius lifted an easy fly that Gant caught for the first out. Tino Martinez scampered home to give the Yankees their second sac fly and a 6-0 lead. The next hitter, Clay Bellinger, hit a drive deep to left that Gant snagged. Perhaps suppressing the memory of his earlier miscue, Gant assumed the inning was over and lazily returned the ball to the infield, allowing Posada to tag up and score from second. "No excuse I thought that was the third out," Gant said. "If [centerfielder Darin Erstad] hadn't yelled at me to make a throw, I'd still be holding the ball."