HOUSTON — Oswaldo Peraza was prepared. The rookie shortstop made an incredible diving cease and robbed Houston second baseman Jose Altuve of a success within the very first defensive play of his first profession postseason begin.
“It’s a type of performs the place all the things occurs fairly shortly,” Peraza mentioned by way of Yankees translator Marlon Abreu. “On the identical time, I simply wished to calm myself and perceive that yeah, I could make this play. And it was enjoyable.”
Peraza turned a strong double play as nicely, but in addition went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts within the Yankees 3-2 loss to the Astros in Sport 2 of the American League Championship Sequence at Minute Maid Park.
Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned he was going backwards and forwards on whether or not to place Peraza in on Thursday.
“Yeah it was my hardest name,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned of utilizing the rookie as an alternative of Isiah Kiner-Falefa Thursday evening. “I figured Framber (Valdez) being so floor ball heavy. Izzy confronted him loads, put it on the bottom loads in opposition to him. I simply felt like Peraza’s acquired just a little extra likelihood of getting it within the air in opposition to him. So I believed Izzy seemed good yesterday, so that is only a matchup factor.”
In 49 at-bats over 18 video games, Peraza slashed .306/.404/.429 with an .832 OPS after being known as up in September. He hit three doubles and a house run. He drew six walks and struck out 9 instances.
That and the way in which Peraza dealt with himself this season and Thursday evening impressed Boone.
“I believed he was nice. Clearly a fantastic play proper out of the chute there to his left,” Boone mentioned. “After which that little gradual curler that he makes the play on was actually good. Thought he did very well. I believed he was one of many guys — I talked about early on with Framber, I believed he had a very good at-bat in opposition to Valdez his first time. Bought in a rely and acquired a pitch that he nearly clipped to middle. He acquired the ball within the air. So I believed heart-beat sensible and within the move, no concern. He was effective.”