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CLEVELAND -- Game 2 at Jacobs Field may never have seen extra innings on Friday night had the Indians pulled back on the throttle early in the game. Then again, some overaggressive baserunning was hardly the lone factor that led to a tightly-contested tilt that the Indians finally ended in the 11th inning.Running wild
The situation: After Cleveland's Jhonny Peralta steals second base with two outs in the second inning, Kenny Lofton lines a pitch from Yankees starter Andy Pettitte into center field for a single.
The analysis: "I got a good break, but he hit it hard and right to Cabrera. I knew if he made a good throw, I didn't have a chance. And that's what happened. He got me." -- PeraltaPassing on the MVP
The situation: With first base open, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez bats with two outs in the ninth inning, Bobby Abreu on second and the game tied at 1.
The situation: In the seventh inning, Pettitte walks Lofton to put runners on first and second base with one out and New York ahead, 1-0.
The decision: New York manager Joe Torre decides it is an opportune time to summon rookie setup man Joba Chamberlain from the bullpen.The outcome: Chamberlain strikes out pinch-hitter Franklin Gutierrez and then induces an inning-ending fly out off the bat of Casey Blake. The analysis: "Joba was so solid in the seventh to come in and bail me out. It was a serious pressure situation. " -- Pettitte Going after Garko
The situation: With two outs, the game tied at one run apiece, and a runner on third base in the 10th inning, Indians catcher Victor Martinez steps to the plate to face Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.