Robert Gsellman on whether he thought Mike Yastrzemski’s walk-off home run would get out off the bat: “Absolutely not. I thought it was a pop-up.” pic.twitter.com/dmqEuGGDOq
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Giants ecstasy was Mets confusion.
As the Giants mobbed Mike Yastrzemski on Sunday, closing out the series at Oracle Park with a walk-off homer in the 12th, losing pitcher Robert Gsellman wondered what he had done wrong.
Eight-nine mph changeup on the outer half of the plate. Down in the strike zone. Hit the corner. And a 5-foot-11, 180-pound outfielder stuck out his bat and sent it 372 feet.
“Right where I wanted it,” Gsellman told reporters about the pitch after the 3-2 Giants victory. “Maybe should have got it down a little bit more, but he got the ball up in the wind and it went out.”
Yastrzemski wasn’t sure off the bat if he got enough of it — “Was either a homer or an out, one of the two.” Gsellman had more conviction.
“Absolutely not,” he said, asked if he thought it would go. “I thought it was a pop-up. But once again, you get it in the air, it catches the wind and just keeps going.”
It’s a common refrain in the year of the home run, when the slicker ball with lower seams MLB is using is sending balls farther and farther away. Batters aren’t complaining. Pitchers such as Justin Verlander have spoken out, and several managers have voiced their displeasure.
Mets skipper Mickey Callaway said he was surprised it cleared the left-center field fence, “especially who hit it. He stayed on it well, got it up in the air to the right part of this ballpark and it just kept on going. We see it over and over — balls just keep on traveling.”