Yankees' Girardi on Game 2 loss: 'I feel awful about it'

Rosalie Stanley
October 8, 2017

Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna ruled Chisenhall was hit by the pitch, awarded him first base and loaded the bases for Cleveland.

That was following by three straight 1-2-3 innings, setting up the sixth, and the beginning of the end.

Yankees starter CC Sabathia pitches against the Cleveland Indians during Game 2 of the AL Division Series on October 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Edwin Encarnacion, who sprained his ankle in gruesome-looking fashion Friday night in Game 2, was on crutches and in a walking boot in the clubhouse Saturday, but manager Terry Francona is encouraged by his progress. "I wouldn't trade that", said Sabathia. "I was just too quick [Tuesday] night". I know his knees hurt at times and they're a little creaky, but, no, he's a really good athlete and he can manipulate the ball.

Sabathia is a battle-tested postseason pitcher. If a situation arises prior to game four - when Severino is now scheduled to start if the Indians do not pull off the sweep - where he's needed in a jam, would it really hurt the Yankees to use him? They run. They've got power.

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Bauer allowed just two hits, struck out eight and walked one on his way to the victory. NY held a five-run lead when starter CC Sabathia was pulled by Girardi in the middle of the sixth inning.

In six career postseason starts, all a year ago, Kluber is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA. It was Kluber's third straight start on short rest, and he was out of gas, giving up four runs in four innings.

In two starts against the Yankees this year, Kluber was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.

Following an excruciating extra-innings loss to the Indians on Friday, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman stirred a bit of controversy after "liking" a very pointed Instagram comment directed at manager Joe Girardi. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber. "It was set up for Green to come in, and I made a decision to go", said Girardi.

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