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Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s defensive bobble proves costly for Yankees

TORONTO — Isiah Kiner-Falefa giveth, Isiah Kiner-Falefa taketh away. 

After extending the Yankees’ lead early on Monday night time with a house run, the shortstop had a defensive miscue that led to a pair of runs within the fourth inning earlier than the Blue Jays got here away with a 3-2 win in 10 innings at Rogers Centre. 

With no outs and a runner on first within the fourth inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. smoked a 111.5 mph floor ball to shortstop, the place Kiner-Falefa bobbled it, costing him an opportunity at a double play. But as an alternative of simply taking the out at first as soon as he scooped the ball again up, Kiner-Falefa briefly considered nonetheless throwing to second earlier than in the end going to first. The slight pause allowed Guerrero simply sufficient time to be protected at first base. 

“It’s obviously hit really hard,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned. “I haven’t seen a replay on it yet. Our iPads have that high-home [view], so it’s hard for me to judge what the hop did and things like that.” 

Isiah Kiner-Falefa reacts after his defensive miscue.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Two batters later, with one out and the bases loaded, Teoscar Hernandez ripped a two-run double off the center-field wall that tied the sport. 

But the Yankees additionally missed a possible likelihood to nab Hernandez at second after he took an extended have a look at the fly ball pondering it was a house run. Aaron Judge collected the ball in heart and threw to the cutoff man, Kiner-Falefa, who turned and threw residence as an alternative of going to second, the place Gleyber Torres was heading for a probable likelihood to get Hernandez. 

“As a middle infielder there — obviously it’s very loud — when that ball’s hit, you don’t even think there’s a play at second,” Boone mentioned. “That’s only a double all the way in which, so that you’re form of getting your self in position to throw residence. The runners received held up a bit bit and it ended up going residence. I believe if we have been at second — as a result of Teoscar wasn’t actually operating — we would have had a play there. 

“It turned out to be a little inconsequential because that’s all they scored anyway. But that’s one of those where you try to play as well as you can with your eyes in a loud scenario where it gets a little different than what the play shows.” 

Kiner-Falefa’s residence run was his fourth of the year — all of them coming since Aug. 13 — a solo shot that put the Yankees up 2-0. It got here within the second inning off Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman, who largely held the Yankees in examine throughout 6 ¹/₃ innings. 

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