Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Joe Girardi on Yankees' Game 2 collapse: 'I screwed up'

Trevor Bauer Trevor Bauer
Elias Hubbard | 08 October, 2017, 01:09

Edwin Encarnacion, who sprained his ankle in gruesome-looking fashion Friday night in Game 2, was on crutches and in a walking boot in the clubhouse Saturday, but manager Terry Francona is encouraged by his progress. It looked as if the Yankees were going to pull off an improbable win against the Indians in Cleveland. The Indians' skipper must have known something, as Corey Kluber was terrible Friday night, failing to pitch into the fourth inning.

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 and hit a solo home run off Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning, but the Los Angeles Dodgers won the opener over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-5.

On the flip side, Sabathia ran into a bit of trouble in the early going of the game, but was able to settle and set down the Indians in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Fans were understandably furious, and one of them called Girardi a "complete imbecile" and called for the Yankees to find a new manager. Sabathia was only at 77 pitches, he wasn't falling apart, and the Yankees had a five-run lead.

"I don't know if remarkably better is a good way to say it, but he's pretty close", Francona said (via Cleveland.com ).

Jackson reached on a single in the bottom of the 13th against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, stole second and then scored on Yan Gomes' RBI single.

For what its worth, Gray made his Yankees debut against Cleveland on August 3, scattering four hits and four runs - two of which were earned - in six innings, striking out six on 98 pitches.

The tide turned for the Tribe when Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam in the sixth to bring the Indians within one run.

Gary Sanchez motioned to the Yankee dugout for them to call for review the play, but Girardi elected not to challenge the call. Pitching against the New York Yankees, Bauer got two outs in the seventh inning before he was lifted for the bullpen. New York Post columnist Joel Sherman said that the Game 2 blunder will forever hang over Girardi's tenure with the Yankees.

However, it was called by the plate umpire as a hit-by-pitch and they are reviewable.

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