Aaron Boone chooses Mike Ford over Gary Sanchez in key spot
Within the prime of the eighth inning, with the Yankees determined for a run to maintain their season going, Aaron Boone went to Mike Ford, who hadn’t gotten a success since August.
With the rating tied in Sport 5 of the ALDS, which the Yankees went on to lose, 2-1, to the Rays, Boone went to the lefty-swinging Ford to pinch-hit for Kyle Higashioka — which additionally meant the Yankees can be with out Higashioka behind the plate.
Ford whiffed when he checked out a detailed pitch after working a full rely. The Yankees failed to attain after which Aroldis Chapman, who struck out the one batter he confronted whereas pitching to Higashioka — Brandon Lowe — allowed a go-ahead homer to Mike Brosseau with the forgotten man, Gary Sanchez, catching.
“It was positively a troublesome determination,’’ Boone stated of hitting Ford for Higashioka. “However in that spot, main off the eighth inning, [Tampa Bay right-hander Diego] Castillo is hard on everybody, clearly, however as powerful as he’s on righties, I felt like we would have liked on-base presence there.”
Ford took strike three, though he thought it was low.
“I assumed he labored an awesome at-bat,’’ Boone stated of Ford, whose final hit got here on Aug. 31 earlier than he went 0-for-19 with three walks to complete the common season.
“He nearly bought us rolling there,’’ Boone stated. “It was positively a troublesome name, however I believe one I needed to make.”
Although Sanchez has had his difficulties behind the plate, Chapman has sometimes thrown properly to Sanchez and that was very true this season. In Chapman’s transient common season, he confronted 20 batters with Sanchez behind the plate and just one bought a success — whereas 13 struck out.
The battery was not as profitable on Friday and it resulted in one other devastating end for Chapman and the Yankees — and the top of a misplaced season for Sanchez, as he began simply two playoff video games and went 1-for-8 with 4 strikeouts and located his beginning job very a lot doubtful.
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