Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Yankees Joe Girardi Strikes Out Over Strike Three Challenge

The Yankees gave up a haul of blue-chippers for Sonny Gray at the trade deadline for moments like this starting Game 1 of the ALDS and yet it proved too big for him Joe Girardi on Yankees' Game 2 collapse: 'I screwed up'
Isaac Mcdaniel | 08 October, 2017, 01:12

The New York Yankees lost in heart-breaking fashion to the Cleveland Indians during Game 2 of the ALDS, and on Saturday manager Joe Girardi took full responsibility. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber. The Indians' skipper must have known something, as Corey Kluber was terrible Friday night, failing to pitch into the fourth inning.

The New York bench boss opted not to challenge a play with a five-run lead midway through the game which, potentially, led to the Indians' comeback. They make you throw a lot of pitches.

"[Yankees manager Joe Girardi] could use me out of the bullpen", Severino said, via the New York Daily News.

Austin Jackson flew out, but Yan Gomes hit a double, advancing Santana to third.

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The sequence of events occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Yanks up 8-3 when pitcher Chad Green appeared to hit Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall on the hands, loading the bases with two outs.

After conferring with replay coordinator Brett Weber, Girardi didn't challenge. It may go down as one of the worst decisions of Girardi's managerial career, because Francisco Lindor followed with a grand slam to pull Cleveland to within 8-7. They struck out six hitters, completing the Game 1 shutout and pushing the total number of Yankees strikeouts to 14 on the night. They never really threatened, save for getting a runner to second base to begin the 11th - who was promptly picked off. Jay Bruce tied the game two innings later off David Robertson. "Not just that, but some of the big games that I needed to pitch that I had the opportunity to pitch this season and, also, just by observing the games, these postseason games, you get a sense of what needs to be done", Tanaka said. He told reporters that he didn't want to take Green out of his rhythm for a couple of minutes while the umpires convened, only to be told that Chisenhall was indeed hit by the pitch. It's always a good reminder that for all of the information we have as fans, there is more behind the scenes and a human element that we can't quantify.

Yankees starter CC Sabathia pitches against the Cleveland Indians during Game 2 of the AL Division Series on October 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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