Thursday, 14 December, 2017

New York Yankees get Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber in Game 2

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Sammy Stanley | 08 October, 2017, 00:42

The sequence of events occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Yanks up 8-3 when pitcher Chad Green appeared to hit Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall on the hands, loading the bases with two outs.

Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna, however, saw it differently. 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 Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees 9-8 to take a 2-0 lead in the ALDS, coming back being 5 runs behind. 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 bad message to the young team that he is paid to lead.

We also touched on some of the various decisions Terry Francona has made leading up to these games; his decision to start Trevor Bauer in Game 1 and the roster construction and why some defensive specialists seem to be prioritized over others.

To think: This looked like it was going to be a brilliant night for his team. In 2017, he led the AL or was tied for the league lead in wins, complete games (five), shutouts (three), ERA, WHIP (0.87), hits per nine innings (6.23), walks per nine innings (1.59) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.36). Aaron Hicks hit a three-run shot in the third. CC Sabathia, meanwhile, was dealing like it was 2000 again, cruising along with his usual mix of off-speed pitches.

With a five-run lead, Girardi should have challenged. 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.

Chapman himself threw two scoreless innings in the ninth and 10th, but started warming up as early as the sixth inning. "To me, it's not about me wanting to pitch the first game or wanting to pitch the second game". Sanchez turned to the dugout and pleaded his case to the home dugout.

How could Joe Girardi no nothing?

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