Ryan Brasier

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Ryan Brasier breaks down confrontation with Gary Sanchez and demand he get back in box

John Tomase
October 07, 2018 - 1:15 am

Ryan Brasier was part of the problem in Friday's Game 1 because he didn't attack the Yankees and pitch with conviction.

Neither was an issue in Saturday's Game 2. Just ask Gary Sanchez.

The Yankees catcher may have been the star of New York's series-evening 6-2 victory with a pair of mammoth home runs, but neither of them came off Brasier, who exhibited more life than the rest of his teammates combined when he angrily gestured for Sanchez to stay in the box after repeated step-outs in the fifth.

Brasier's confidence proved justified when he blew away Sanchez with a high fastball.

"It was a heat of the moment thing," Brasier said. "Adrenaline going and crowd was up. I just kind of got, was ready to go. That's it, just one of those things — just a big moment and I was ready to throw the pitch.

"He stepped out of the box three times in a row and felt like it was time to do it regardless of whether he was ready or not."

Brasier wasn't sure what, if anything, Sanchez said in return, and the Yankees slugger wasn't asked about it in his postgame press conference. Brasier simply stormed off the mound after the inning-ending K.

"I wasn't looking at him," he said. "I was going back to the dugout. If I had to go back out for the next inning I was ready to go."

Did the confrontation reflect Brasier's increased confidence from his playoff debut to Game 2?

"No, I don't think so," he said. "I felt good, I was more around the zone tonight. So as far as confidence, the confidence came from making my pitches like I was supposed to."

After allowing a pair of inherited runners to score in Game 1, Brasier struck out Andrew McCutchen, Giancarlo Stanton, and Sanchez in the fifth.

"Keeping the ball in the yard," Brasier said. "These guys like to hit a lot of home runs and I think keeping the ball in the yard is the best way to get those guys off the board. All their runs tonight were from the home run and they didn't break the record for no reason. Keeping the ball in the yard and going there and doing it at their place is going to be key."