The play that can linger past Sunday night within the mind of Gleyber Torres — and sure loads of Yankees fans — happened within the seventh inning with a one-run lead in ALCS Game 4.
With one out and Jose Altuve on first, Jeremy Peña hit a tailor-made double-play ball to second base, where Torres scooped it up and shoveled to second. But his throw was off track, and shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa was unable to regulate to catch it, allowing each runners to be protected.
The Astros took advantage, recording singles of their next two at-bats to show a one-run deficit right into a 6-5 lead that stood as the ultimate rating to cap off their four-game sweep of the Yankees.
“Each really fast runners, I believe I rushed somewhat bit myself to make that play,” Torres said. “I feel prefer it’s my mistake. Kiner tried to do his best, but I feel like, all season long, I do this play very easy. Tonight, it felt somewhat bit rushed.”
Torres had been much improved defensively this season while moving back to second base full time, but his error proved costly on Sunday.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa of the Latest York Yankees is unable to hold a toss from Gleyber Trees on a ball hit by Jeremy Pena.Getty Images
“I feel terrible within the moment because I do know we are able to make the double play and finish the inning in that moment,” Torres said. “I made that mistake. I feel like I would like to learn to be somewhat more on top of things in that situation. It’s a tricky loss.”
Kiner-Falefa, making his first start at shortstop since Game 1 of the ALCS, said the throw from Torres was too far-off for him to grab.
“It was hard — he threw it hard,” Kiner-Falefa said. “Normally that one all 12 months can be like a soft flip so we are able to turn it, but form of rushed it somewhat bit and I didn’t have time to achieve over. If I reached over, I might have perhaps caught the ball, but I wouldn’t have been in a position to stay on the bottom, so I used to be still attempting to take the choice to still get an out. But it surely was too far for that, so it got by.
“It’s not his fault though because he played great all 12 months.”
— Additional reporting by Mark Sanchez