"Nasty Nestor" Makes Potential Game-Saving Play From Seat Of His Pants

New York Yankees starter Nestor Cortes has been known to cortort his body in various ways during his famous funky deliveries. But in Friday afternoon's Game 2 against the Cleveland Guardians, he made a bases-loaded play in the 4th inning that just may have saved the Yankees' behinds—from his behind.

In a 2-1 New York lead, Yankees' nemesis Myles Straw hit a comebacker with the bases juiced and two outs. It bounced high above Nestor, but he leaped to catch it, fell to his backside, and while lying on the mound, from his behind, threw a one-bouncer to first for the out. Inning over and 2-1 lead preserved. 

The Guardians did tie the game in the 5th on a solo homer by Amed Rosario, but if that ball had gone through, two runs might have scored to give Cleveland the lead. 

The 5'10, 210 lb Nestor has been the best and most consistent starter for the Yankees all season, with a 12-4 record, a 2.44 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, along with a 163:38 K/BB ratio. 

He exited Game 2 with the game level at 2-2. 

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