Corey Kluber started the game and did not look like his Cy Young-self allowing six runs and seven hits in 2 2/3rd innings.
So it was curious on Friday night when Girardi, relentless in his search for any edge, rejected one that was right in front of him, choosing not to ask for a video review after the home-plate umpire incorrectly ruled that the Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall had been hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.
Then, 15 seconds later, the network aired a replay that showed the ball hit the base of Chisenhall's bat. The third strike of the at-bat, which would, of course, end the inning. Lindor came up and smacked the grand slam that turned around the game.
"I take responsibility for everything", Girardi said. "I feel terrible about it".
Armed with hindsight, we now know what wasn't totally apparent in the split second when Chad Green's pitch seemed to change angles on its way into Gary Sanchez's glove. The Yankees trail the best-of-five series 2-0.
But where the Yankees sit now, in an 0-2 hole in a best-of-five series against the virtually invincible Indians, does it really make any difference how Girardi chooses to spin the whole non-challenge debacle? "It was an honor to be a part of that game". New York Post columnist Joel Sherman said that the Game 2 blunder will forever hang over Girardi's tenure with the Yankees.
Meanwhile, as CBS2's Hazel Sanchez reported, there was excitement and slightly reserved optimism outside Yankee Stadium as fans held up home that the Yankees would live to see Game 4. And I think together, we'll figure it out.
"I feel very confident".
And Girardi didn't disagree with the notion that having to get 26 outs from his bullpen in Tuesday night's AL wild card win against the Twins might have had an impact on the bullpen's performance during the 13-inning loss in Game 2. Judging by Chapman's social media activity, there may also be some us-against-us going on as well.
Fans excited about a possible sweep in the ALDS were shocked earlier in the game as the Yankees kept adding runs.
Regardless of the fact that once again, the Yankees refused to hit for Gray, the 27-year-old righty knew he put his team behind the eight ball, speaking to the New York Post.
"I take responsibility for everything, and I feel awful about it". "But here's the process that I go through".
But Bartelli said he is ready to move on. "That's how I think about it". He came in and apologized, " the Yankees manager said of his closer. "But taking three in a row is going to be tough".