Didi Gregorius heads back to dugout after flying out to end...

Didi Gregorius heads back to dugout after flying out to end the fifth inning during Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday night. Credit: Jim McIsaac


Didi blamed it on Didi.

“So I think most of the game is on me. I didn’t come through. So I was the one that failed, not the whole team.”

Overall, the Yankees went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on. Gregorius’ near-miss hurt the most, though. The Yankees had put two men on with two outs against Cole on Edwin Encarnacion’s double and a walk to Gleyber Torres.

Gregorius swung at the first pitch, a 99-mile-per-hour fastball, and sent it high to right. In the Year of the Home Run, that kind of swing in this ballpark produced more home runs than ever before.

But not this time.

“I know that I hit the barrel, but I missed it,” Gregorius said. “I was checking to see — maybe something was going to happen. But I knew I didn’t have all of it.”

“I don’t know if it was the ball or if it was the wind. It was a little chilly tonight. I’m not quite sure exactly how this park plays. I’ve only pitched here one other time. But it’s baseball. Did [Derek] Jeter’s ball really go out or did the guy reach over and pull it out? Come on.”

Good point. The Yankees could have used a Jeffrey Maier moment. Or a gust of wind. Or a juiced-up ball. Instead, they are down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

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