ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A few minutes after hurling his helmet on the lawn of Tropicana Field after being kicked out in an unusual 4-6-3 play, Gary Sanchez, the New York Yankees catcher, expressed regret enough to reach the first baseline of the slowly evolving game.
Had he jumped out of the batter's box, he would have had the chance that he would have been the first on Aaron Judge on Monday night to make a crucial round of playoff against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"I should have walked harder," Sanchez said of an interpreter. "I could have done a better job."
Sanchez & # 39; s bottom shortens to 7: 6-Yankees, her fourth in Tampa Bay this season and her ninth in 1
New York is now 13-13 in total since June 22. With the loss it fell six games behind the American league East-leading Boston Red Sox.
As Sanchez struck the keen-hit game- He landed in the middle of the middle and hit directly on Ray's second bassist Daniel Robertson, who played as part of a shift on the left side of the base.
Because the ball was hit so hard (according to Statcast, Sanchez had two of the game's three hardest hit balls, one had a starting speed of 108.3 mph.) The Yankee catcher seemed to have thought that Beams on the second base would get a pretty light force.
But that did not happen, "said Sanchez.
Baserunner Aaron Hicks, who only started the game when Judge finished third, sprinted hard into second place and Willy Adames attempted to touch the bag in front of him – after calling Hicks Safe, Sanchez tried to get faster as Adames swiftly swung to first base to settle for it; that it's the finale.
"He needs to find his way quickly, and he should be able to do that now, Aaron Boone said of Sanchez."
Both Boone and Sanchez claim that the catcher is well again, after suffering a groin injury he had suffered on Tampa's last visit on June 24, hit a ground ball.
After a nearly four-week stay on the Disabled list, he returned to the Yankees lineup last Friday. Because he's totally back, the Yankees do not think there's any reason why Sanchez should walk slowly to be safe with the once injured muscle.
"He should be able to come after that, he's here and back, and it should be okay to get things over with," Boone said.
Sanchez's lack of effort not only hurt the Yankees at the end of the game. (19659002) With two outs in the first inning, Sanchez and Yankees driver Luis Severino got their signals confused with Ray's first baseman Jake Bauers, who was second in the standings.
"I thought I saw three fingers," Severino said, believing that Sanchez asked him to throw a slider. "He said to me, 'No, I called you one.'"
The catcher expected a fastball and struggled to keep Severino's pitch ahead of him. When it took off, it skipped the third baseline. Sanchez, who was initially lost, seemed to run to the ball, believing Bauer would just try to advance a base.
But the opportunist Baserunner suddenly became aggressive and took his third place. By the time Sanchez was using his speed toward baseball, Bauer's headfirsted forward from home, well ahead of Sanchez's litter.
"Yeah, that's another example, if I'd done a better job of being faster, getting the ball, maybe we have a chance to get him out at home," Sanchez said. "Its my fault."
Bauer knew that with the hiring of Yankees on the hill, the early opportunity was important.
"Everything was right in front of me," said Bauer. "When I came in third, I saw the narrow window that was there and decided to take a risk."
Boone said his eyes were on Bauer, he expected him to go home. Because of this, when the coach met with reporters after the game, he was not sure what to make of Sanchez's approach to the ball, as he had not benefited from a replay.
Three times Boone mentioned that he would be needed to watch more video on Sanchez after the slower than necessary effort on both the defense and the base paths.
"It's another thing I have to look at," Boone said.
Until Boone has a chance to further evaluate these games, it's unclear whether Sanchez will be used for his game.
The catcher is at least hopeful that his next hitting opportunities will be much better.
"This is one of those cases when you learn from it," said Sanchez. "You put it back and you're looking forward to tomorrow."