Social media explodes over Joe Girardi's decision not to challenge

Social media explodes over Joe Girardi's decision not to challenge

Social media explodes over Joe Girardi's decision not to challenge

Yet in this weird, binary season of the strikeout/home run, the Yankees turned Kluber into a game of pepper, pounding the ball off and over walls, with the carousel of runners stomping on home plate six times after three innings.

That was following by three straight 1-2-3 innings, setting up the sixth, and the beginning of the end.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona's decision to start Kluber in Game 2 of the ALDS instead of Game 1 raised some eyebrows, but it couldn't have worked out better.

Girardi decided not to challenge via replay that Chad Green's fastball didn't hit the Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall just before Francisco Lindor slugged a grand slam to shrink the Yankees' lead to 8-7 in the sixth inning of Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on Friday night.

Asked if he was surprised by Sabathia's late-career surge, Francona said: "Not at all".

"The first couple innings I was just settling in", said Sabathia. "So it's not surprising at all". "Top to bottom, they do everything". He threw 77 pitches. He had given up only two hits and a walk on the night while striking out eight Yankees hitters.

Kluber could be on the verge of winning his second Cy Young Award. In 11 games as a reliever last season, Severino was 3-0 with a 0.39 and 25 strikeouts in 23 and one-thirds innings; the then-22-year-old, who started two games when the Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention, also held opponents to a 0.105 batting average. With Girardi following in the footsteps of his one-time mentor, former Yankees manager Joe Torre, and saving his best available starter (CC Sabathia) for game two, Gray will need to pitch in Cleveland the way he has on the road this year.

"I don't really have any concerns about it because as watching him go through some of his ups and downs this year, how he's always bounced back, " Girardi said. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber.

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