Yankees' Girardi on Game 2 loss: 'I feel terrible about it'

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Yankees' Girardi on Game 2 loss: 'I feel terrible about it'

In 2007, they lost in four games to Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians stunned the Yankees on Friday night after rallying back from a five run deficit to overtake NY 9-8 in extra innings and taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

"The tendency of this team is to never give up", Kluber said. "We never feel like we're out of a game".

He entered with one on and one out in the top of the eighth after David Robertson got Austin Jackson to fly to right but then walked Michael Brantley.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said that Encarnacion had an MRI and is day-to-day for the time being. He said he was not sure whether the ball hit the bat, but he was certain it did not hit Chisenhall. "No words, honestly. I'm speechless".

The second game of the day featured the first truly impressive pitching performance we've seen in the postseason so far, and it came via Cleveland righty Trevor Bauer. The Yanks were up five runs after five innings and winning this American League Division Series game was starting to become real.

With the New York Yankees (0-2) 2017 ALDS record representing a city who's slogan could be "Add to the count or bust".

The fact Encarnacion may play in game three at all is a relief to the Indians.

Both Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez homered off Kluber, and NY entered the six inning leading 8-3, when the wheels came off. He got to 3-and-2 on Carlos Santana before the Indians' first baseman hit a 101-mph fastball to centerfield for the final out of the game. Although the game went into extra innings, Cleveland had a runner on second base with no one out when Yan Gomes had a walk off hit in the thirteenth inning. With his own catcher, Sanchez, looking over to him and yelling "foul" and Chisenhall's lack of normal reaction to being hit, Girardi needed to be instinctive. It was way too late.

Girardi has been the Yankees' manager since 2008 and won the 2009 World Series with the team.

The Yankees were down, 2-0, for the third time in the ALDS in franchise history. "He stood there. But it's just stuff that happens in the game". Aaron Judge. Batters hit.130 against Carrasco's slider. "It was all set up for Green to come in, and I made a decision to go". Girardi didn't discount the possibility he could be let go. "If you have a choice to make, and you have an open slot at DH, it just seems common sense to put him there". "Just go over there and play good baseball".

Then, 15 seconds later, the network aired a replay that showed the ball hit the base of Chisenhall's bat.

The excitement finally paid off in the bottom of the 13th inning.

Kluber wasn't himself. Not even close. Trevor Bauer did his job in the series opener October 5, and though Corey Kluber got shelled in Game 2, the bullpen and bats still saved the day.

Asked before last Sunday's regular-season finale - the Yankees' only meaningless game of the season - if he would do anything frivolous, he said, "I didn't do quite as many charts as I usually do today, so that was fun for me". Gomes came to the plate and battled off nine pitches until magic number 10. He was helped to his feet and had to be assisted off the field.

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