New York Yankees say Game 5 win over Cleveland Indians was for manager Joe Girardi

New York third baseman Todd Frazier said the motivation for the Yankees‘ American League Division Series-clinching 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night was right there in the dugout.

“This one is for Joe,” Frazier said of embattled Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “He got a lot of criticism after that second game, and we talked a lot, me and him. I couldn’t be happier for him. I couldn’t be happier for him.”

Frazier was referring to the Yankees’ Game 2 loss Friday. In that game, Girardi failed to challenge an on-field ruling that Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Replay showed that the ball hit off the knob of Chisenhall’s bat on the 0-2 pitch. It should have been strike three to end the inning. Instead, Chisenhall went to first and loaded the bases for Francisco Lindor, who hit a grand slam off Yankees reliever Chad Green to cut the Yankees’ lead to one. The Yankees went on to lose 9-8 in 13 innings, putting the Yankees down 2-0 in the series and on the verge of elimination.

Girardi said his replay personnel did not have enough time to see the correct video replay angle in that loss and that he didn’t want to ruin his pitcher’s rhythm. He was vilified by the media for his decision and booed by Yankees fans in Game 3. He took responsibility for the no-call, saying he felt “horrible about it.”

“A lot of criticism went his way and it shouldn’t have, and we came together as a team for him. This one is definitely for Joe,” Frazier said.


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