Breaking down the insanity in the ALDS Game 2 victory

Monday, 09 Oct, 2017

When asked if mound visits were as disruptive as time spent reviewing a pivotal call (and one that, had it gone the Yankees' way, would have ended the inning), Girardi argued that the nature of mound visits was to get his pitchers back in rhythm.

Bob Klapisch and Pete Caldera of The Record and talk about the Yankees game against the Indians before the first pitch of Game 3 of the American League Division Series, Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Girardi, who had 30 seconds to challenge, opted not to. With two Indians runners on base and a two-strike count on the batter, Lonnie Chisenhall, the umpire made a hit-by-pitch ruling on what appeared to be a strike-three-foul ball.

The Yankees got their first hit when Didi Gregorius singled up the middle but he was stranded when Castro chased a breaking ball for Carrasco's sixth strikeout to end the fourth. Gomes pulled a pitch down the left field line and into the corner, scoring Jackson and making a victor out of Josh Tomlin, a usual starter who came into the game in the 12th inning. In 19 2/3 innings against NY, he has allowed two runs and 13 hits with 19 strikeouts. "I feel awful about it". If the Yankees were able to pull that off, his mistake would vanish from the public consciousness quicker than Alex Rodriguez's PED sins.

Down 2-0 in the series, the Yankees must adopt an us-against-the-world mentality. After getting the nod thanks to a controversial decision by manager Terry Francona, Bauer flummoxed the Yankees with his curveball, firing 6 2/3 two-hit innings while striking out eight. "It was an honor to be a part of that game". The move was expected after Encarnacion left Game 2 on Friday with a sprained right ankle.

After the game, Girardi said he didn't have time to check a replay, but he changed his answer Saturday.

Meanwhile, as CBS2's Hazel Sanchez reported, there was excitement and slightly reserved optimism outside Yankee Stadium as fans held up home that the Yankees would live to see Game 4.

Though he's faced the Indians in the past - going 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA against Cleveland in 11 career starts - this was his first postseason start against his former team. Michael Brantley replaces Encarnacion at designated hitter as the Indians try to complete a three-game sweep and advance to the AL Championship Series.

"On the video, apparently you couldn't tell yes or no", he said (via the New York Post).

"I'm feeling very confident where I'm at", said Bauer. "I want Girardi gone". When the Yankees were introduced prior to Game 3 of the ALDS in the Bronx, the manager was roundly booed. I think if we have an injury, it's terrible nice having him able to slide in there.

"The manager is feeling really good about things, and so are the fans", Pluto said. "But taking three in a row is going to be tough".