Yankees hurler Betances upset about being taken out
NEW YORK — Dellin Betances is still upset with Joe Girardi's unexpected quick hook.
The Yankees had a pair of pouting pitchers during Wednesday's win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Jaime Garcia had a two-run lead when the manager pulled his starting pitcher after 4 2/3 innings, depriving Garcia of what would have been his first win in six starts with New York.
New York still led 3-1 when Betances allowed Evan Longoria's one-out single in the eighth and struck out Logan Morrison. Girardi decided he wanted Aroldis Chapman to face Steven Souza Jr.
Betances left the clubhouse without speaking with reporters. A day later, he said he figured he would remain in to face Souza, a right-handed hitter.
“I was shocked. I was surprised,” the 29-year-old right-hander said. “I think a lot of people were surprised.”
Souza is 3 for 9 with a home run against Betances and Souza is 0 for 3 versus the left-handed Chapman.
Chapman walked Souza, gave up an RBI single to Adeiny Hechavarria that put runners at the corners, then struck out pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos. Chapman walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth, then struck out three in a row to save a 3-2 victory.
“I just felt like I didn't really put myself in harms way,” Betances said. “A lot of times I do, but right there I just gave up one hit to Longoria. That's all I really did.”
While Girardi spoke with Garcia in the dugout following the fifth inning, he had not yet discussed the matter with Betances.
“I don't know if there's an explanation that I'm going to take,” Betances said.