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

Esther Moore
October 8, 2017

Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion is hoping to play again this postseason after sustaining ligament damage in his right ankle during Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees. In the sixth inning, after a Carlos Santana walk and a Jay Bruce lineout, Yankees manager Joe Girardi went to his bullpen.

"Girardi did not have a good Game 2 on Friday night, but his sixth inning stands as the lowest moment in his 10 years as Yankees skipper".

We also touched on some of the various decisions Terry Francona has made leading up to these games; his decision to start Trevor Bauer in Game 1 and the roster construction and why some defensive specialists seem to be prioritized over others. Girardi often utilizes his challenges during the regular season (and well; this season, the Yankees were successful on 29 of their 41 challenges, the best percentage in baseball), and in a game like this, when your team's back is to the wall, he chose not to. "They tell us we have 30 seconds". "Usually, we give CC somewhere around 90 pitches".

For the life of me, I can't understand why Girardi didn't challenge the call after home plate umpire Dan Iassogna allowed Lonnie Chisenhall to take first base after thinking he was hit with a Chad Green pitch. NY held a five-run lead when starter CC Sabathia was pulled by Girardi in the middle of the sixth inning. He joined me to discuss C.C. Sabathia and the series as a whole. Sabathia was only at 77 pitches, he wasn't falling apart, and the Yankees had a five-run lead.

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In two starts against the Yankees this year, Kluber was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.

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

There had already been some rumblings that Joe Girardi could be fired after this season, to the point that even before the season, NJ.com was speculating as to who could be the New York Yankees manager in 2018. "I'm excited for him because a year ago he missed out".

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