The nonchallenge of the Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall's hit-batter call in the sixth will sting Yankees fans throughout this winter; but what probably was worse was being too tied to his binder and lifting a cruising Sabathia in that awful inning for no apparent reason, except, well, that was the pregame plan.
Bruce gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the fourth with a towering homer to right. Usually, we give CC somewhere around 90 pitches.
The Yankees catcher looked toward the dugout, indicating he felt strongly that his manager should challenge.
"I definitely heard something". "When there wasn't a reaction from the hitter, I was yelling that it didn't hit him", designated hitter Chase Headley said. You know, those are the things that you have to go through. Just stay fair.' I started blowing on it a little bit. "Kluber is clearly the best pitcher in the American League". But this is why there's replay! "Just go over there and play good baseball". If you win that one, you can get back to Sale in Game 5, and you'll take your chances with him.
"There was nothing that told us he was not hit on the pitch", Girardi said after the game.
"So we'll take our time and allow to him continue to get treatment".
The second game of the day featured the first truly impressive pitching performance we've seen in the postseason so far, and it came via Cleveland righty Trevor Bauer. "So if it's not something - there was nothing that said he was not hit".
"In hindsight, yes, I could".
Okay. This is insane. It shouldn't have happened, and wouldn't have happened if Joe Girardi has displayed the core competency required from a Major League manager. In this circumstance, for example, your responsibility was to keep the Indians from benefiting from a phantom call in order to load the bases in the sixth inning of a goddamn playoff game.
More over, the rhythm argument fails right there on its face.
Friday night with the Yankees leading the Tribe 8-3 and looking as if they were going to even the series at one game heading back to the Bronx, Girardi made his mistake.
But on Friday night, Girardi said, Weber was not immediately provided with the same slow-motion replay that TV viewers saw, which showed the ball hitting the knob of Chisenhall's bat and deflecting into the glove of Sanchez.
The Yankees got their first hit when Didi Gregorius singled up the middle but he was stranded when Castro chased a breaking ball for Carrasco's sixth strikeout to end the fourth. The Yankees had already won one earlier in the game.
After seeing the play himself Girardi changed his tune, though, as he took the blame for not challenging the call.
Yankees fans are criticizing Girardi all the same, and it may not be just them.
Five innings later, the Indians finally broke the tie. It wasn't long ago we were all praising the Yankees skipper for the way he used his bullpen in that one game Wild Card against the Twins. After two scoreless innings the Yankees sent in Dellin Betances.