With the score tied 2-2, the next batter stepped to the plate, hitting a drive to Yankees SS, Didi Gregorius. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians are riding high, with two consecutive wins in the American League Division Series against the Yankees.
But in Game 2, Girardi's decision not to challenge a hit-by-pitch call allowed the Indians to overcome an 8-3 Yankees lead.
Justin Turner hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and drove in five runs as Los Angeles beat Arizona in Game One of their National League Division Series. Game 3 starts at 7:38PM on Sunday October 8th.
The Yankees again dealt with shortcomings on the mound. Francona's decision to use Bauer in Game 1 means Corey Kluber, the likely AL Cy Young victor and the man who dominated the 2016 playoffs, is slated to pitch Friday. When the Yankees were introduced prior to Game 3 of the ALDS in the Bronx, the manager was roundly booed. "It's still the same baseball", Carrasco said.
"I'm not sure what we would do tomorrow (if Severino pitches Game 3)", said Girardi. Had manage Joe Girardi requested a review of the hit-by-pitch it most likely would have been overturned and called strike three on a foul tip into the catcher's mitt. Severino pitched in relief a year ago and is familiar with the role. Until then, the only ball that was remotely close to being a hit was a liner into the left-field gap by Headley to lead off the third.
Francona also got some criticism for moving Jason Kipnis from second base to center field. "And it may not always agree with the person that is either being fired or however it goes, but I think that's Hal's and Brian's decision and whatever their decision is, I'll live with".
Bauer, who was a surprise choice by Indians manager Terry Francona to start Game 1 ahead of ace Corey Kluber, threw 98 pitches, striking out eight with one walk.
"I think an organization has to do what they're comfortable with", Girardi, finishing his 10th season as manager, said Sunday.
One silver lining for the Yankees on Thursday was the continued dominance of the team's bullpen, which allowed only a single run in 4 1/3 innings. If, as Girardi says, his pitcher would've been standing "over there" for two minutes to be told that Chisenhall was not, in fact, hit by the pitch, that would've been the end of the goddamn inning. "But it's a good story for us because he's been one of the better pitchers in the game". "He stepped up for the Indians. He has just fit right in and played against righties and lefties and did a terrific job".
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