CLEVELAND — The cruelest of ironies hit these Yankees on the worst time.
Who had them beating up on Corey Kluber … and nonetheless dropping this American League Division Collection Recreation 2?
“It sucks,” Aaron Hicks stated in a deathly silent Yankees clubhouse after the Yankees dropped an agonizing 9-eight recreation in thirteen innings to fall behind 2-zero on this greatest-of-5 occasion. “We had alternatives to maintain pushing, maintain preventing. We didn’t actually fairly push away and get that tiger in.”
The tiger is out now within the type of anti-Joe Girardi venom. Good grief, has the Yankees supervisor registered a worse recreation in his 10 years on the job? Whether or not you’re an error-of-omission (leaving in Chad Inexperienced and David Robertson too lengthy) or error-of-fee (taking out CC Sabathia too quickly) sort, or whether or not you simply need to see Lonnie Chisenhall’s sixth-inning hit-by-pitch challenged, Girardi checked all the packing containers.
That this all transpired in a recreation by which the Yankees entered with a seemingly low probability of profitable, they usually proceeded to construct an eight-three lead over the possible AL Cy Younger Award winner, properly, … it’s legendary for all the fallacious causes.
What transpired right here was unfathomable, unpredictable — and unassailable. It occurred. The Yankees should reside with the results.
Kluber entered the night time with a 1.forty two ERA in his prior 12 begins, totaling 89 innings, having struck out 104 and walked 9 (thanks, Baseball-Reference.com). In solely a type of begins, Aug. thirteen at Tampa Bay, did he permit as many as three runs. In each a type of begins, he pitched at the least 5 innings to qualify for a win. Twice on this stretch, he confronted the Yankees and permitted a complete of three runs over 17 innings.
Therefore the shock right here when, after Kluber walked the sport’s second batter, Aaron Decide, the third batter, Gary Sanchez, ripped a Mike Piazza-esque, line-drive, reverse-subject homer to proper-middle for an on the spot 2-zero Yankees lead.
“We weren’t swinging at dangerous pitches,” Sanchez stated by means of an interpreter. “We have been swinging at good pitches to hit. We had good outcomes.”
For even after Sabathia shortly gave again that lead after which some, the Indians going forward three-2 within the backside of the second, the Yankees went proper again after Kluber. Within the prime of the third, with two outs and Sanchez on second base, Starlin Castro lined a base hit previous a diving Francisco Lindor into left subject, bringing Sanchez house with the tying run. Greg Fowl lined a single to…