Gary Sanchez let a run score when he didn’t hustle in the field.
The Yankees catcher cost his squad a run when he didn’t hustle on the basepaths in the ninth inning.
And his team fell 7-6 to the Rays.
Here’s how stunningly lazy his screwup in the field was: Noted hustler Jake Bauers scored from second base on a passed ball as Sanchez sauntered up the third base line to retrieve it.
From. Second. Base.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) July 23, 2018
Sanchez has always been an offense-first catcher, but the indifference here is stunning.
More ugly info on Gary Sanchez’s run-allowing passed ball tonight:
Per @ESPNStatsInfo, since his rookie season in 2016, Sanchez leads major league catchers with 32 passed balls. This one was his 10th of the season, tied for the most in the majors.
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) July 23, 2018
The 25-year-old had a chance to redeem himself in the ninth.
Trailing by one with two outs and the bases loaded, Sanchez knocked a grounder up the middle.
Assuming the Rays would make an out at second, the catcher jogged out of the box.
The Rays didn’t get the out at second. But they still had time to get their guy at first thanks to his Michelin Man impersonation.
A hustling Sanchez would have tied things up.
How the game ended with Gary Sanchez’s at-bat 👇 pic.twitter.com/Y1P2BXb5Qk
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 24, 2018
If Sanchez were raking at the plate this season, it’d be one thing.
But the guy’s hitting a miserable .188 on the year.
“This is one of those instances when you learn from it,” Sanchez said after the loss. “You put it behind, and you look forward to tomorrow.”
Wellll, the first bout of I-don’t-give-a-damn probably should have been the instance to learn from, inspiring hustle on what could have been a game-saving RBI.
He’s lucky Tony Perkis isn’t his manager.