Marwin Gonzalez threw a perfect strike to get Greg Bird at the plate and preserve the Astros' 2-0 lead. 

By Daniel Rapaport
October 13, 2017

The Yankees' Aaron Judge looked like he was about to get a big RBI single that could bust him out of his playoff slump—the MVP candidate knocked a single to left field on a full 3-2 count with the Yankees down 2-0 to the Astros in the top of the fifth of Game 1 of the ALCS. 

Marwin Gonzalez had other ideas. Gonzalez fielded the ball perfectly and fired a 97.4 miles per hour throw to Astros catcher Brian McCann, who tagged Greg Bird on the front leg to preserve the Astros' lead. 

Questionable call from Yankees third base coach Tony Pena. Bird, a first baseman, doesn't have great speed to begin with, and he's coming off ankle surgery. Still, it took a perfect strike from Gonzalez to get him. The call was confirmed after Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged it. 

That's playoff baseball at its best. 

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