The on-field ruling was that Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, which loaded the bases, and the next batter, Francisco Lindor, hit a grand slam off Yankees reliever Chad Green to cut the Yankees' lead from five runs to one.
At least it wasn't mid-game, but still, not a great look for Girardi, Chapman, or the Yankees.
The Yankees blew an 8-3 lead in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Friday night in Cleveland, eventually falling, 9-8, in 13 innings to the Indians.
There is still no indication from the New York Yankees that Joe Girardi could be fired, and the team still has a chance to start a comeback in Game 3 against the Cleveland Indians that would likely put the talk of Girardi's exit to bed. NY held a five-run lead when starter CC Sabathia was pulled by Girardi in the middle of the sixth inning.
But most of the cross examination was about a hit batsman.
Both Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez homered off Kluber, and NY entered the six inning leading 8-3, when the wheels came off.
In two starts against the Yankees this year, Kluber was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA. They make you throw a lot of pitches.
"There was nothing that told us that he was not hit by the pitch", Girardi said.
"It's frustrating", Girardi said.
"I take responsibility for everything", he said.
After conferring with replay coordinator Brett Weber, Girardi didn't challenge.
Within hours of the crushing loss, there were already rumors that the early elimination from the playoffs could lead to Joe Girardi being canned as Yankees manager. "That's the one thing we don't get caught up, when a player tells you to challenge something, because it's not always the case (that they're right)".
"They gave their ideas for it and why they had their ideas for it, and I didn't have a problem with it", Kluber said. Again, I screwed up.
"Whenever we lose I take it hard, and this one was really hard".