Gleyber Torres of the Yankees, did he or didn’t know the rule? “You have to run” said Aaron Boone
NEW YORK – Yankees fans who didn’t make their way to the early exits booed long and hard on Saturday afternoon when the home seventh ended with Gleyber Torres pulling out, then jogging to first base when the ball passed Tampa Bay Rays wide receiver Mike Zunino.
The Yankee Stadium chorus intensified when Torres, who finally picked up the pace halfway through the first, was sent off on close play.
It was a nasty look on a bad day for the Yankees, who lost 12-2 and missed an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth.
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As for Torres, this seemed like the second time in about four weeks that he had failed.
Where was it?
The way manager Aaron Boone seemed to explain it, Torres lost track of strikeouts or didn’t know the rule that hitters can safely hit on a strikeout / wild field with a runner on first base. if there are two withdrawals.
“Well first of all you gotta run,” Boone said in his post-game press. “I mean, that’s the answer. He felt bad about it. I think what happened with him was that first base was occupied, his first reaction was not to go. But obviously with two outs it’s different, so he kind of caught up to a third of the line like, “Oh shit, I have to go.” But it is something that you have to know and master. But it is also something that seems terrible to us and that we must learn from. “
Yes, Torres should learn the rules. In fact, he should know that one is a great player with a few years of experience.
Boone put Torres on the bench for lack of energy when he didn’t run out of a ground ball in a September game against the Baltimore Orioles, but he didn’t consider sending a message at the end of this bad day.
“No,” Boone said.
“Just in our situation, if I had to go to a player’s position to throw, I had to keep my bench where I was going to be able to bring someone in in case I had to take that route over there in ninth,” Boone said. .
Boone added that first baseman Anthony Rizzo was “ready to play” to pitch the ninth for what would have been his third career outing, but the part of saving his bench made no sense. The Yankees haven’t replaced any positional players all day. DJ LeMahieu was not available on Saturday because he was given a cortisone injection to calm his sports hernia, but the Yankees still had number 2 receiver Kyle Higashioka, infielder Rougned Odor and infielder / outside Tyler Wade on their bench.
What is possible here is that Boone was reluctant to take Torres off during a period when he played his best baseball of the season. Torres was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a kicked ground player who was judged just one Saturday, but he’s hit .299 with two homers in 18 games since being moved from stoppage- runs to second base on Sept. 13 due to an erratic defense.
By the way, Yankees fans reminded Torres that they didn’t like what he did in the ninth inning. When Gardner hit and hit the first after running hard the entire way, the crowd roared in approval.
Torres’ bench in play came on September 14, his second game after his change of position. Torres was back in the lineup the next day, has played every game since and he will surely play second again on Sunday when the Yankees try to secure a spot for the Wild Card again.
The loss left the Yankees half a game ahead of Boston in the opening Wild Card and 1½ ahead of Toronto and Seattle, with the other three all playing subsequent games on Saturday. The regular season ends Sunday.
“Do I expect us to play well and win a game?” Boone said. “Absoutely.”
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