Within the high 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 Recreation 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 could 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 undoubtedly a tricky choice,’’ Boone mentioned 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 robust as he’s on righties, I felt like we wanted on-base presence there.”
Ford took strike three, though he thought it was low.
“I believed he labored an excellent at-bat,’’ Boone mentioned 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 mentioned. “It was undoubtedly a tricky name, however I feel one I needed to make.”
Although Sanchez has had his difficulties behind the plate, Chapman has usually 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 tip 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 unsure.