Joe Girardi said after the second game of the American League Division Series that they didn't have enough time to review a questionable hit batter call that changed the game. Saturday he took full responsibility for not asking the umpries to review it
"I screwed up," Girardi told reporters Saturday (via ESPN). "It's hard. It's a hard day for me. But I've got to move forward, and we'll be ready to go tomorrow."
The decision to not challenge the call got Cleveland back in it as one batter later Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam to cut the Yankees' lead to 8-7. New York eventually lost 9-8 in 13 innings.
The play in question came in the sixth inning with two runners on for Lonnie Chisenhall. There were two strikes and two outs. Reliever Chad Green threw a pitch inside that appeared to hit the left fielder and the home plate umpire awarded him first base.
On further review the ball clearly hit the knob of Chisenhall's bat, and since Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez caught what was a foul tip, it would have been ruled a strikeout. That is, it would have been had Girardi called for a review
Girardi said after the game that while waiting to hear back from the replay booth on whether or not to challenge the call, the Yankees went over the alotted 30 seconds to challenge the play and decided not to call the ruling into question.
"There was nothing that told us that he was not hit by the pitch," Girardi said. "By the time we got the super slo-mo, we are beyond a minute. It was too late. They tell us we have 30 seconds."
Lindor was the next batter up and he hit a grand slam off the foul pole. Jay Bruce would then tie the game with a solo home run in the eighth and the Indians won the game on an RBI single by Yan Gomes in the 13th.
After seeing the play himself Girardi changed his tune, though, as he took the blame for not challenging the call.
"I take responsibility for everything," he said. "And I feel horrible about it."
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