The box score blames Zack Britton. He accepts the fault, too. But Gary Sanchez can rarely sidestep all responsibility on a wild pitch. He can’t escape his reputation.
With a tie score, runner on first and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Rays, Britton threw a blockable sinker in the dirt short of Sanchez, which bounced past the catcher and allowed Brandon Lowe to advance to second. Three batters later, Lowe scored the winning run.
When asked about the pitch, Aaron Boone quickly defended the catcher, who has twice led the American League in passed balls.
“Sinker in the dirt. Because it’s Gary it’s gonna be a big deal,” Boone said. “But a sinker in the dirt to the other side is usually gonna end up at the backstop.”
Britton, who hadn’t allowed a run in his first five appearances of the season, later got crossed up again with Sanchez. The lefty said he wasn’t sure what happened on a slider which nearly allowed the winning run to score from third, but Britton said he is clear about the wild pitch.
“That’s a tough pitch for anybody to block,” Britton said. “Obviously that’s a pitch I…