Joe Girardi says he 'screwed up' by not challenging HBP call

by Jared Lewis October 8, 2017, 0:42
Joe Girardi says he 'screwed up' by not challenging HBP call

Girardi said they didn't have time to challenge, and considering Brett Weber, their replay specialist, led the majors in overturning results it's a reasonable explanation.

The Yankees now need to win three straight against a team that has won 35 of its last 39 games.

Girardi said in hindsight he should've challenged the hit-by-pitch ruling in the sixth inning that led to Francisco Lindor's grand slam that sparked the Indians comeback win in extra innings.

- Jacoby Ellsbury will serve as New York's designated hitter in Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the Indians.

But it should never have come to this.

Progressive Field went nuts and the Yankees were suddenly closer to squandering a great effort that knocked Cleveland ace Corey Kluber out of the game far earlier than expected.

However, it was called by the plate umpire as a hit-by-pitch and they are reviewable.

Two pitches later, Lindor clubbed a high fly ball that clanked off the right-field foul pole and traveled an estimated 408 feet.

However, Sanchez was calling out to have the call replayed from the moment it happened, so that in and of itself, should have told the Yankees skipper something was wrong.

Girardi is in the final year of his contract, and this one decision won't - and shouldn't - change the decision to bring him back.

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. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber. Jay Bruce tied the game two innings later off David Robertson.

"There's a lot of players that tell you to challenge things a lot of times", Girardi said. Even if Girardi had been overruled, the Yankees still had a big lead.

Secondly, Girardi's pitcher wasn't in any kind of rhythm to begin with.


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