"The first one we were in, we were down 3-0 before you could really think about what was going on".
The other dose of bad news for the Yankees? Same goes for Tommy Kahnle, who bailed out the extremely inconsistent Dellin Betances in Game 4, with a dominant two-inning outing.
Mashiro Tanaka had seven strikeouts and three hits over seven scoreless innings for NY, with Greg Bird hitting a solo homer in the seventh for the winning run.
"He's probably available for a couple innings if I need him", Girardi said of Chapman. "So you hope you catch him on another night that he's not sharp".
That enabled the Yankees to even the series 2-2 after losing the first two games in Cleveland.
But the last time he had a chance to close out a series, Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs a year ago, Kluber surrendered four runs in just four innings in a game the Indians lost in 10 innings.
"During Monday night's game, he was hitting in the cage and moving around a little bit", said Francona. He matched a season high by striking out nine and allowed only an unearned run against them on May 11 at Yankee Stadium.
In addition to playing yet another win-or-go-home game, Girardi could be managing his last game with the Yankees.
If he pitches like he did in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, it's curtains.
"I think we do that constantly throughout the year".
Exactly a week earlier, the manager had to get 26 outs from his bullpen in the AL wild-card game.
But Green hasn't had to pitch since then, while D-Rob hasn't pitched since Game 3, when he was shaky to start the eighth, retiring one of the two hitters he faced before Chapman came on to finish the job and record a five-out, 34-pitch save. "So hopefully, the trend continues".