Indians outfielder Michael Brantley pulled his team back from the brink of defeat on Tuesday night against the Rangers, slugging a game-tying grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The slam erased a 6-2 deficit.
According to FanGraphs, the Indians had a five percent chance to win the game after Jose Ramirez grounded out for the second out of the inning. Their chances went all the way up to 54 percent after Brantley’s homer. It’s hard to improve your team’s chances of winning by more than 49 percent with one play.
According to MLB.com’s Andrew Simon, Brantley hit the first game-tying grand slam since the Mariners’ Kyle Seager did so on June 5, 2013 in the 14th inning against the White Sox.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.
The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.
Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.
The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.
Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.