The decision to not challenge the call got Cleveland back in it as one batter later Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam to cut the Yankees' lead to 8-7.
Sanchez immediately yelled to the dugout he felt the ball hit the bat and not Chisenhall but Girardi, with both of his challenges left, chose not to use one of them. Entering Friday, Sabathia was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 11 starts following a Yankees loss. 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.
The Yankees have found themselves in a 2-0 hole to the Cleveland Indians after a listless performance in Game 1 and a blown five-run lead in Game 2, where Girardi's managing mishaps took the wind out of the team's sails. 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 very bad message to the young team that he is paid to lead.
But he failed in the biggest moment of the season. The Yankees came to Progressive Field without a hint of fear, gained confidence with every Corey Kluber pitch that missed its mark, and stunned the 37,681 fans expecting an easy night. Cleveland ultimately tied the game on a Jay Bruce home run and Yan Gomes extra-inning walk-off hit. With five innings and one out behind him, Girardi stuck to his plan before the game instead of going with what he was seeing, which was Sabathia dominating from the 2nd inning moving forward. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber.More news: Breakthrough on gun control efforts real but may be fleeting
Sabathia out-pitching Kluber, the likely AL Cy Young Award victor?
Chapman himself threw two scoreless innings in the ninth and 10th, but started warming up as early as the sixth inning. With runners on second and third, Chisenhall fouled off four pitches before Green's 95-mph fastball hit the end of the bat.
How could Joe Girardi no nothing?