Aroldis Chapman likes Instagram post mocking Joe Girardi

Aroldis Chapman likes Instagram post mocking Joe Girardi

"I screwed up", Girardi said (via the New York Daily News). It was a reverse Wild Card Game win.

I woke up this morning still annoyed Joe Girardi did not challenge the Lonnie Chisenhall hit-by-pitch last night.

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion won't start game three against the New York Yankees, but he might play in the game.

The obvious challenge never came.

Sanchez immediately yelled to the dugout he felt the ball hit the bat and not Chisenhall but Girardi, with both of his challenges left, chose not to use one of them. Jay Bruce tied it with an eighth-inning solo homer and Yan Gomes won it with a walk-off hit in the 13th inning. Had manage Joe Girardi requested a review of the hit-by-pitch it most likely would have been overturned and called strike three on a foul tip into the catcher's mitt.

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However, Sanchez was calling out to have the call replayed from the moment it happened, so that in and of itself, should have told the Yankees skipper something was wrong. Lindor hit a grand slam off Green.

Indians manager Terry Francona made two moves with his lineup. Francona, who trusted his gut and used No. 3 starter Trevor Bauer in Game 1 with dominant results, isn't going to screw up.

But the decision that made the least sense was pulling CC Sabathia out of the game despite his performance.

Girardi is in the final year of his contract, and this one decision won't - and shouldn't - change the decision to bring him back.

"There's a lot of players that tell you to challenge things a lot of times", Girardi said. 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. Even if Girardi had been overruled, the Yankees still had a big lead. With runners on second and third, Chisenhall fouled off four pitches before Green's 95-mph fastball hit the end of the bat.