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Cortez admits: 'I should have done better'

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NEW YORK – Nestor Cortez is not one of Myles Straw’s 94 There was plenty of time to react as the mph ground ball swooped back toward the mound, and the Yankees southpaw had just finished his throw.

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Cortez instinctively raised his glove over his head, caught the ball at high point, and slammed to the ground before impact with his back to first base. Cortez turned from the seat of his pants and threw a pinpoint bounce pass to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who rounded the ball before Straw could reach the bag. 535

The threat of filling the base has been eliminated. The end of the game has been completed. And 5 feet 10, 47 – Pound Cortez in

‘s Cheers trotting towards the dugout ,535 Yankee Stadium fans ringing in his ears.

This is the kind of cheer Cortez has grown accustomed to throughout his season from middling bench to bona fide All-Star, but in his That welcome was especially evident in the first postseason of his major league career.

“Nest did it, didn’t he?” said third baseman Josh Donaldson. “I mean, he’s a great athlete, and he gives us everything he has every day. That’s his great performance at the crunch time.”

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Unfortunately for Cortez, it was the highlight of his start to Game 2 of the AL Division Series on Friday afternoon. After he allowed two runs in five innings, the Guardians didn’t decide to let the crafty southpaw carry the load, including a tie homer against Aimee de Rosario in the final inning, before going on to win 4-2 The innings are series in units of one game race.

in the fourth inning, a team that has maintained the Yankees’ one-shot advantage is reminiscent of another excellent defensive highlight from Cortez early in the season, coincidentally against the Guards. In April 10 in the Bronx, Cortez rushed to First base paced as pacer Steven Kwan took the pass from Rizzo, shoved his head into the bag, and grabbed the bag with his glove seconds before the runner. 535


After that game, Cortez provided one of the most memorable stretches of the Yankees season In the recording, he declared: “They don’t know I’m an athlete. Under this body, there is a / Sporty guy.”

This time, 30 year-olds show the same confidence in their own abilities.

“I think I should finish that game in 47 % of the time ,” Cortez said. “[Have] just a little more dramatic effect. I think the bouncing pass is the best idea because if I try to stand up and throw, I might be late to first base. …successful.”

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Cortez’s pitching also kept the Yankees in the game as the two clubs were tied until the Guards broke through in two rounds 10 Second-rate. The only other injury to him came early in the fourth, when Andrés Giménez knocked down a two-man single in right field. 535

But when After Cortez was out in five innings, the Yankees needed six more pitchers to record the game’s finals 27 Out: Lou Trivino, Jonathan Loáisiga, Wandy Peralta, Clay Holmes, Jameson Taillon (who lost in his first MLB career relief appearance) and Clark Schmidt . Given that this is the first of a possible four straight games to decide this ALDS, it’s not the length they need Cortes for. 535

“I think I have more in me,” he said. “I mean, I kept us in the game, but I think I should have done better. Giménez publicity, I hope I can get it back, we won’t talk about that right now.” 535

Cortez posted a similar route to Cleveland starter Sean Bieber, including three walks. But in the playoffs, with less and less room for error, he came out on short stick.

Cortez may have been able to use a big moment to counter the Guard’s touch-intensive style, but it burned the Yankees where it mattered most.

“Their goal is to put the ball on the ground and run. They are A fast team. They’re a team with a lot of touches in the game. You see that,” Cortez said. “When they throw the ball into the game, they wreak havoc. … Sometimes you have to be more lucky than good.”



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