‘It won’t happen again’ – The Denver Post

CHICAGO — At one point, Friday night, Gleyber Torres just went over to Isiah Kiner-Falefa and put his arm around his shoulder. Torres has been there and understands all too well the pressure to be the Yankees’ shortstop. Kiner-Falefa has had a bad defensive spell, was charged with three errors in the two previous games he started and then committed a huge baserunning error on Saturday.

The Yankees tied the game in the top of the ninth inning when Joey Gallo led off with a walk against Liam Hendriks and moved to third base on Kiner-Falefa’s single. Gallo scored on Kyle Higashioka’s sacrifice fly, but Kiner-Falefa killed the rally by being thrown out at third base. DJ LeMahieu struckout to end the inning. The White Sox walked away from the 3-2 win in the bottom of the inning.

“Anytime you have your big boys with runners in scoring position, you can’t get kicked out in that situation,” Kiner-Falefa said. “It was an insane play and poorly read and I will learn from it and it won’t happen again.”

That’s on top of his recent defensive struggles.

Friday night he could have made two mistakes. Kiner-Falefa saved a -1 defensive run rating en route to Saturday night’s game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Park. He is in the bottom 36th percentile in outs above average.

With one out in Friday’s first, Kiner-Falefa started Luis Robert’s ground and then bobbled it when he tried to pick it up. What should have been a double play turned into a basesloaded situation for Gerrit Cole. The Yankees ace took them out of that one. In the sixth, he couldn’t. The short stop sailed a throw to the first high that allowed Robert to take the lead from the inning on. Kiner-Falefa got no foul play in the play, but the next batter, Sheets, homered.

That brought the Yankees lead to 7-3 and Kiner-Falefa immediately lowered his head and Torres went over to give him a pat on the back.

That came on the heels of Kiner-Falefa who committed two errors against the Blue Jays on Tuesday-evening – and was given the next day off. On Saturday, however, Aaron Boone had it right back in without worrying about this snowball effect.

“No no. Because I think he’s so dynamic and athletic he’s going to get through this,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “Look, the plays he didn’t do last night, he’s got to make those two, but I think that there was a bit of a field element going on there. It’s really soft there and looking at it from both sides is just really tricky hops out there. So I think that played into it. You have to work around that now. … But no, I’m making don’t worry about it. In the long run, he’ll get through this a little bit and this athleticism will continue to show up as it has been for most of the year.”

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