The Hawaiian shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa of the New York Yankeeswas one of the villains of the film in the American League Division Series Game 3 vs. Cleveland Guardiansthis last Saturday at Ohio’s Progressive Field.
That was the case in Game 3, when Kiner-Falefa missed plays that he said “cost us the game.” Kiner-Falefa missed Canadian Josh Naylor’s RBI single in the first inning, made a poor throw to first base on an infield hit by Venezuelan Andrés Giménez and nonchalantly pitched Myles Straw’s hit in the ninth inning, allowing an extra base, as IKF commented:
I’m just disappointed in myself. I feel like I had a chance to find some key plays tonight and help the team win. I couldn’t find them.”
Boone said, “There were a few plays where I felt like that loose, easy athletic thing that he does, got in his way a little bit. He made the mistake right away in Game 1, and then I feel like he hasn’t moved on a couple of balls like we would normally see. Some of it comes from a great place; he wants to do well and not disappoint anyone. But that can also get in your way a little bit.”
Kiner-Falefa finished the regular season with at least 2 outs above average, tied for 23rd among 37 qualified shortstops. “We’ll see,” Boone said. “I wouldn’t put any expectations on it” (about Game 5 on Monday, if necessary).
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