Well that was a Tough loss. But “very interesting”.
It came down to the 9th inning, bases loaded for the Yankees, 1 out — the Dodgers ace reliever Kenley Jansen facing Mike Tauchman, and then Gary Sanchez — and striking them both out swinging. The bases loaded situation came after a controversial play at 2nd where Brett Gardner slid in HARD straight to the base, just beating the force and disrupting 2nd basemen Max Muncy, who fell to the ground — allowing Gleyber Torres to score the tieing run with Muncy on the ground apparently injured. But the home plate ump said he called time when Muncy went down, and Gleyber’s run didn’t count. Initially Gardner was called out but video replay overturned the call, loading the bases with 1 out instead of 1st and 3rd, 2 out.
It was very interesting. It caused Yankee Twitter to ask the question — when is one allowed to call time in a game?
Gardner beat the force at second, Muncy goes down, Jansen calls time, Gleybers run doesn't count, a breakdown pic.twitter.com/9LuwUUmphx
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) August 25, 2019
If there is a ground rule double to the corner that looks like it is going to clear the bases, can the rightfielder fall down as if injured and call time? Was Muncy play acting his injury? He got up after writing in pain and seemed to be fine.
Muncy felt it was a good play by Gardner, and admitted to play acting a bit on the play.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) August 24, 2019
Three days later, we learned this: MLB ruled that the ump was wrong to call the timeout. Gleyber’s run should have counted and the Yanks should have been ruled to tie this game.
From MLB, per Boone:
Gearrin’s toe tap is legal, as Gearrin insisted last night.
The timeout called as Gleyber scored what would have been the tying run Saturday at Dodger Stadium should not have been called.
— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) August 27, 2019
CC Sabathia got into trouble in the 3rd — allowing a 2-run homer to 3rd baseman Justin Turner and then a walk and single to Cody Bellinger, with stolen base put runners on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out — but he squeeked out of it. And that was ballgame. The only runs the Dodgers got in the game — proved to be enough. The only run the Yankees got all afternoon was a home run by Aaron Judge in the 4th — a silver lining.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 24, 2019
25-year-old Dodger right hander and high prospect Tony Gonsolin shut the Yankees down otherwise through 5 innings, and then Joe Kelly (former Red Sox), Pedro Baez, and Jansen pitched shutout the rest of the way. A big part of that was keeping DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela hitless.
Gleyber Torres got 2 hits and a walk — remaining red hot. He singled in the 9th to start the Yankee failed rally, followed by an infield single by Brett Gardner. Those were 2 of only 5 hits the Yanks got on the afternoon — the other was by Austin Romine.
Bullpen Did It’s Job — Including the Newcomer Gearrin
The Yankee bullpen did their job to keep them in the game — Cory Gearrin got his first action as a Yankee after being picked up on Friday after Seattle released him. He pitched 2/3 inning shutout ball. Gearrin had 11 holds and a 3.92 ERA — 41 innings, 39 strikeouts, 38 hits, 21 walks. Chad Green, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton pitching 4 innings of shutout ball in relief of CC Sabathia.