IKF Disappointed x04; in SS
Cleveland – Dawn Saiya Keener-Falefa was acquired by the Yankees in March from the Twins, he is expected to be the club’s shortstop, keeping the seats warm for the arrival of New York’s portentous prospects Anthony Volpe or Oswald Perazza.
“Personally, I’m just disappointed in myself ,” Kiner-Falefa said. “I feel like I have a chance tonight to come up with some key games and help the team win. I can’t come up with them. I feel like those big runs cost us tonight. So, just gotta wear this.”
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In a corner with Yankees starter Luis Severino, Josh Naylor hits a ball that bounces under a diving Kiner-Falefa and rolls into left midfield for the game’s first Run past home plate once.
Severino opened with a strong six-frame approach and the Yankees took a 4-2 lead when Andres Jimenez hit Kiner-Falefa what appeared to be an inning-ending bowler. The shortstop picked up the ball from his backhand and threw it to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, but he missed a hit, pulling Rizzo out of the bag and giving Jimenez an infield single.
“It looks like he might Will chip the ball a bit,” manager Aaron Boone said of Kiner-Falefa’s throw. “Played really well on the backhand and then he got chopped, so Riz had to go there. I think [Giménez] beat it anyway. Just another guy who ran really fast.”
Yankees are two games away from victory as Miles Straw hits another classic Cleveland single to leave The shallow zone outfielder Oswaldo Cabrera couldn’t quite reach. Kiner-Falefa, who backed him in the game, caught the loose ball and then carelessly passed it to Josh Donaldson in third.
This puts Straw at second base and Going into scoring position ignited a rally that ultimately came at the expense of the Yankees.
“I think he saw Sturt halfway Law — I was actually surprised that Straw turned around and went first,” Boone said. “I think he saw no play in the second game and he didn’t play initially. He obviously threw it to third and that’s when Straw really went.”
“We haven’t finished it yet,” Kiner-Falefa said. “So I think the big takeaway is that even though it’s disappointing right now, we still have a chance. At this point, all you can ask for is a chance to go out there and play this series. It’s definitely going to be tough. Our backs Wall. We’ll see what we’re made of.”