Joe Girardi: "I screwed up" by not challenging HBP call


With two on and two out in the sixth inning, Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was awarded first base after an 0-2 pitch from Chad Green came up and in.

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

Both Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez homered off Kluber, and NY entered the six inning leading 8-3, when the wheels came off.

Girardi said replay guru Brett Weber never got the slow-mo angle of the foul tip hitting the knob of the bat. The next batter belted a grand slam to get the Cleveland Indians back into the game, which they eventually won to take a 2-0 series lead. The manager, a former catcher himself, had to trust his player in that scenario, and not doing so in the most crucial situation of the season sends an terrible message to the young team that he is paid to lead.

Indians manager Terry Francona made two moves with his lineup.

To think: This looked like it was going to be a brilliant night for his team. Jay Bruce tied the game two innings later off David Robertson. Aaron Hicks hit a three-run shot in the third. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber.

"There's a lot of players that tell you to challenge things a lot of times", Girardi said. The pitcher whose creaky knee nearly made him quit in the middle of his 17 season had outlasted likely Cy Young Award victor Corey Kluber. 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.

Then the sixth inning began. Green had faced two hitters and retired one. His manager blew his team's chance to even the series in Game 2 of the ALDS, and barring a miracle comeback, that inaction will dog him into a long offseason. "To me, it's not about me wanting to pitch the first game or wanting to pitch the second game".

How could Joe Girardi no nothing?



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