While Yankees players were not required to show up at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Girardi did in order to address the media.
Allen came in with two on and two outs in the eighth to face Judge, who struck out for the fourth time and the rookie angrily snatched at his bat frustration.
As a former high school baseball player myself, who grew up in the era of New York-Cleveland post-season clashes, I have nothing but respect in tipping my hat to that loaded '98 team that has earned the right of being called, "The Best Team Ever", and while Cleveland had their good teams, New York was better in terms of hitting and pitching. We're going to win tonight. He did not face the Yankees when the Tribe swept them in NY later in the month.
The Indians lost their designated hitter, possibly for the rest of the playoffs, in the bottom of the first inning in Game 2 of the ALDS on October 6. Turner smoked a three-run homer to give the Dodgers an early lead, and L.A.
The excitement finally paid off in the bottom of the 13th inning. "That's part of my game". "It's an error", Rendon said after the game. There is plenty of fallout after his big mistake on Friday and he knows it. That meant Sabathia would take a no-decision in the Yankees' eventual loss.
A grand slam by Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the sixth inning cut the NY lead to 8-7, a solo shot to left by Jay Bruce in the eighth tied it, and a single by Yan Gomes in the bottom of the 13th driving in Austin Jackson finished it. With two out and two on, pinch hitter Lonnie Chisenhall faced an 0-2 count when reliever Chad Green threw a pitch a little up and a little in.
"There was nothing that told us that he was not hit by the pitch".
Girardi, though, didn't challenge the call. Cleveland star, Francisco Lindor crushed a 1-0 pitch for a grand slam, bringing the Indians within 8-7. Whole new ballgame at 8-7.
J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 and hit a solo home run off Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning, but the Los Angeles Dodgers won the opener over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-5.
"You worry about them taking hits, too, " Girardi said.
Kluber gave up a two-run homer to Gary Sanchez in the first inning and a three-run dinger to Aaron Hicks in the top of the third. "No chance you're going to win a game like that".
"Does it change the complexion of the game?" And because Green obviously did not get Lindor out, it's become a black mark on Girardi's playoff resume.
Though Girardi's words don't wipe the night from his legacy or the team's history, they should at least dial down the current volume on it from an 11 on the "This Is Spinal Tap" scale to, say, an 8. "The important thing is going to be just making good pitches, executing pitches, and that's it, " he said. Since that time, millions of baseball fans around the world have subscribed to MLB.TV, the live video streaming product that airs every game in HD to almost 400 different devices. The Indians have been relentless and resourceful this season, and they're on a mission to win the World Series.
As you can imagine, most of the postgame press conference focused on that moment. And maybe they replay it. (Carrasco) got in attack mode, where I think when he was starting, when he was younger, he'd worry the four days in between. It's a hard day for me. We looked at it.
"So we'll take our time and allow to him continue to get treatment". And probably being a catcher, my thought is that I never want to break a pitcher's rhythm. "But I don't think that was the story of the game".
That last sentence is good.
And then came Yan Gomes and The Hit. He was asked if, in retrospect, he should have challenged the call. "I think he had 15 strikeouts in the game". But here's the process that I go through. I believe the man upstairs is in charge of me, and whatever happens, happens.
"Now, knowing that I had two challenges, in hindsight, yeah, I wish I would've challenged it".