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Gleyber Torres explains why he didn’t rush during Yankees’ Subway Series loss to Mets

New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres raised eyebrows during Tuesday night’s 9-7 loss to the New York Mets (square score) when he failed to run hard on a ground ball in the eighth inning. Afterward, Torres was asked about his apparent lack of agitation, which he blamed on groin pain.

Here’s a look at the room in question from an aerial perspective, courtesy of New York Daily News writer Gary Phillips. Note that Torres’ ball wasn’t hit particularly hard, giving him the opportunity to hit an infield single:

And here’s Torres explaining why he didn’t:

It’s worth noting that Torres’ groundout came two pitches after Aaron Judge hit a grand slam to bring the Yankees within two runs. Had Torres been able to reach base, the tying run would have been put in play in the form of Alex Verdugo. Instead, Verdugo had to wait until the next frame to make his moves — he ended up lining up as part of a 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

Torres, 27, is in the midst of a disappointing year when it comes to walks. He entered Tuesday’s contest with a batting average of .218/.296/.338 (79 OPS+) with seven home runs, 29 RBIs and four stolen bases (on five attempts). His contributions were estimated at 0.3 wins above replacement, putting him on track to finish well below the 2.9 he accumulated last season.

Torres also addressed his slow first half of the season Tuesday, saying in part: “You tell me. I think it’s bad. I have to find a way to improve. Work really hard.”

The Yankees are now 52-29 after Tuesday’s loss. The Baltimore Orioles also lost Tuesday, meaning New York’s lead in the American League East remains at two games.

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