Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Yankees' Girardi on Game 2 loss: 'I feel awful about it'

Yankees' Girardi on Game 2 loss: 'I feel awful about it'

Girardi said that nothing indicated that the call of a hit-by-pitch was not the correct call.

The Yankees now need to win three straight against a team that has won 35 of its last 39 games.

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.

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion won't start game three against the New York Yankees, but he might play in the game.

But it should never have come to this.

On further review the ball clearly hit the knob of Chisenhall's bat, and since Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez caught what was a foul tip, it would have been ruled a strikeout.

However, it was called by the plate umpire as a hit-by-pitch and they are reviewable. Sanchez - who, obviously, had the best view in the entire ballpark - immediately turned to the dugout and told his manager to review the call.

Both Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez homered off Kluber, and NY entered the six inning leading 8-3, when the wheels came off. The next batter, Francisco Lindor, hit a grand slam to make it a one-run game.

Girardi is in the final year of his contract, and this one decision won't - and shouldn't - change the decision to bring him back. CC Sabathia, meanwhile, was dealing like it was 2000 again, cruising along with his usual mix of off-speed pitches. Cleveland ultimately tied the game on a Jay Bruce home run and Yan Gomes extra-inning walk-off hit.

Within hours of the crushing loss, there were already rumors that the early elimination from the playoffs could lead to Joe Girardi being canned as Yankees manager. The report noted that the Yankees had missed the playoffs three times in the four seasons before 2017 and Girardi could be on the chopping block without a strong performance in 2017. "To me, it's not about me wanting to pitch the first game or wanting to pitch the second game".

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