DUNEDIN, Fla. — Aaron Boone said he and his staff “spent a lot of time” with Gary Sanchez, reviewing the play that helped kill the Yankees’ comeback hopes on Tuesday night.
Sanchez was thrown out to end the eighth inning when he was caught between first and second on a wild pitch with Aaron Hicks at the plate, representing the tying run.
“Gary was in a really tough spot there,” Boone said of the play in which Toronto catcher Danny Jansen quickly pounced on a wild pitch, threw to first and Sanchez was tagged out by shortstop Bo Bichette, with Giancarlo Stanton moving from second to third.
Boone said Stanton had some “hesitation” going to third, which threw off Sanchez.
“As the trail runner there, it’s almost like a double steal: when that guy leaves from second to go to third, you follow him,” Boone said. “If there’s hesitation or that guy stops, you get out in no man’s land.”
But it’s the third time on the road trip in which Sanchez has been involved in a baserunning mishap, and this one was especially costly.
“Sometimes, because it surrounds Gary, and the timing, being down [three] runs, you don’t want to get thrown out on the bases,” said Boone, who called it “a bad look.”
Boone said Stanton paused because “he saw something he was unsure of that put Gary in a tough spot. It’s an awful way to end an inning when you’re chasing.”