CLEVELAND — Aaron Decide rose to the event in his first postseason recreation, when he homered towards the Twins on Tuesday night time in The Bronx to assist propel the Yankees into the ALDS.
However on Thursday, the rookie proper fielder floundered.
Decide struck out 4 occasions, twice wanting, within the Yankees’ four-zero Recreation 1 loss to the Indians at Progressive Area.
Probably the most damaging whiff got here within the eighth, when the Yankees had two on and two out after Andrew Miller walked a pair earlier than being changed by Cody Allen.
Decide couldn’t ship and the menace was over.
“I would like go on the market and do my job,” Decide stated of his strategy. “I got here up brief.”
“I imply, he simply missed a number of pitches,” Joe Girardi stated. “I assumed he had some good swings tonight, and he’ll be again [Friday].”
Although Decide led the majors with 208 strikeouts, he solely fanned 4 occasions in a recreation as soon as beforehand this season — towards Tampa Bay on Might 21.
Dealing with proper-hander Trevor Bauer on Thursday, Decide whiffed within the first inning then went down swinging within the fourth, however he reached first base because of a Bauer wild pitch on strike three. He shortly was erased on Gary Sanchez’s double play.
Within the sixth towards Bauer, Decide took a referred to as third strike to finish the inning with Aaron Hicks on third and uncharacteristically seemed again at house-plate umpire Vic Carapazza.
“I assumed they have been off the plate,” Decide stated of the questionable pitches. “I haven’t been in a position to take a look at the video. Bauer was on the market making pitches.”
For a lineup that always begins or stops relying on what sort of manufacturing Decide supplies, it was the very last thing the Yankees wanted. And he didn’t get any assist.
Bauer held the Yankees hitless till Hicks doubled to left with one out within the sixth, turning into the primary runner they obtained in scoring place.
Hicks moved to 3rd on a floor out by Brett Gardner, however Decide couldn’t get him residence.
Like the remainder of the Yankees, Decide had a a lot harder time with the Indians and Bauer than he did with Ervin Santana and the Twins within the wild-card recreation, when Decide singled within the first and homered within the fourth to assist seal the comeback victory.
Now, Decide and the Yankees face a 1-zero deficit heading into Friday’s Recreation 2, when Cleveland may have its ace, Corey Kluber, on the mound.
Decide had successful and two walks towards Bauer in the course of the common season and by no means has confronted the correct-handed Kluber — lacking each video games Kluber pitched towards the…