Joe Girardi on Yankees' Game 2 collapse: 'I screwed up'
Oct 08 2017
Girardi said they didn't have time to challenge, and considering Brett Weber, their replay specialist, led the majors in overturning results it's a reasonable explanation. But the Yankees recovered to win the Wild Card.
Again facing rapid-fire questions about his decisions the night before that backfired, one in particular revolving around not challenging a critical hit-by-pitch call in the sixth inning, Joe Girardi didn't pass the buck.
After Greg Bird hit a 2-run homer in the 5th, the Yankees went up to 8-3, and looked comfortable, ready to tie the series before heading to NY.
But it should never have come to this. Reliever Chad Green threw a pitch inside that appeared to hit the left fielder and the home plate umpire awarded him first base. The Yankees went on to lose 9-8 in 13 innings.
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. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor knocked out a grand slam, drawing the Indians within a run of the lead.
However, Sanchez was calling out to have the call replayed from the moment it happened, so that in and of itself, should have told the Yankees skipper something was wrong.
Indians manager Terry Francona made two moves with his lineup. "I'm excited for him because previous year he missed out". Trevor Bauer pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings to anchor a 4-0 Indians victory in Game 1.
"There's a lot of players that tell you to challenge things a lot of times", Girardi said. Cleveland ultimately tied the game on a Jay Bruce home run and Yan Gomes extra-inning walk-off hit. It was, in every way, the best-case scenario for the Yankees - but even then, against a team that had won 34 of its previous 38 games, they had to know that no lead was safe. Green had faced two hitters and retired one. With runners on second and third, Chisenhall fouled off four pitches before Green's 95-mph fastball hit the end of the bat.