Correa was 2-for-4 as the Astros secured a 2-0 series lead with Game Three set for Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday.
Then again, the Yankees manager found himself in this stressful situation Saturday afternoon thanks to uncharacteristically gross incompetence on the field.
"His last start was up", Francona said. And to win this game, all they really had to do was stay out of a big inning. His ERA away from home is more than a run better than it is at Progressive Field - 2.65 compared to 3.99.
Instead, the call was never reviewed by the Yankees and then the unbelievable took place.
Starlin Castro knocked in a single to tie the game at three in the top of the 3rd.
This would be the end of Kluber's night as he went 2.2 innings giving up 7 hits and 6 ER. He won't have to worry about it if the Indians win Game 3 on October 8. Greg Bird tacked on another two-run shot in the fifth, this time off of Indians' right-hander Mike Clevinger, but the Bronx Bombers couldn't keep their AL rivals at bay forever. Chisenhall trotted to first base. I wasn't sure if it hit the bat. The Yankees knew they had a puncher's chance against the Tribe, but they needed to land a few haymakers. Francisco Lindor followed with a stadium-shaking grand slam homer. The deficit was lowered to one run and the fans were right back in the game. "But I don't think that was the story of the game".
Nothing could go wrong for the Cleveland Indians last night. Holding onto a challenge was not of paramount importance because of the five-run lead and the fact close plays would have be automatically initiated after the seventh inning.
"Your momentum is only as good as your next day's starting pitcher". I'm a good bro, too. He pitched 2 innings and gave up no hits and no ER with 3 strikeouts.
We think of Anthony Rendon, fumbling the ball when attempting to throw Javier Baez out at first in the sixth inning of that NLDS. Austin Jackson was walked and stole second base. And your own catcher, who presumably is worrying about things like keeping the pitcher in rhythm, called for you to take action! The ball rolled down the left field line as Jackson raced home with the winning run. Join the Factory of Sadness team! The health of Emacarnacion is impactful to the entire series.However his team did fair considering hit totals, 11-9, favoring the Yankees.
Luis Severino is available out of the bullpen in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.
The questions have lingered all year, this possibility that Masahiro Tanaka might opt out of the remainder of his pricy contract at the conclusion of this season, and whether the Yankees actually would be better off if he decides to do so.