Girardi said that nothing indicated that the call of a hit-by-pitch was not the correct call. But the Yankees recovered to win the Wild Card.
With two on and two out in the sixth inning, Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was awarded first base after an 0-2 pitch from Chad Green came up and in.
There is still no indication from the New York Yankees that Joe Girardi could be fired, and the team still has a chance to start a comeback in Game 3 against the Cleveland Indians that would likely put the talk of Girardi's exit to bed.
But it should never have come to this. Entering Friday, Sabathia was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 11 starts following a Yankees loss.
Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna, however, saw it differently. The replay looked as if the ball may have missed Chisenhall's hands and actually struck the butt of his bat, but Girardi elected not to challenge, setting the stage for a Francisco Lindor grand slam that cut the deficit to one. Sanchez - who, obviously, had the best view in the entire ballpark - immediately turned to the dugout and told his manager to review the call. In that game, Sabathia pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks. "I'm excited for him because previous year he missed out". Instead of putting Green on in the 7th, Robertson in the 8th and Chapman for the 9th, Girardi lost his lead, and ended up using Chapman for two innings, Robertson for nearly two, Tommy Kahnle and finished with Dellin Betances, also throwing for two innings before allowing Gomes to win the game.
Within hours of the crushing loss, there were already rumors that the early elimination from the playoffs could lead to Joe Girardi being canned as Yankees manager. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber. Green, this team's most reliable reliever for most of the season, gave up a two-out double to Indians catcher Yan Gomes.