After Ronald Acuna Jr. connected on a 1-2 slider, Yankees RHP David Robertson thought he had an out. Instead, he gave the lead back to the Braves in the top of the 11th inning.
Yankees C Austin Romine signaled for the slider to be down to get the 20-year-old Acuna chasing. However, he lifted it out to right field, an area no pitcher wants to see a high fly ball go at Yankee Stadium.
The infamous short porch did the trick.
"When he hit it," Robertson told The Post's Mike Vaccaro," I thought it was an out."
It was inches from an out. Right fielder Aaron Judge looked to have tracked the ball perfectly to the wall, and just like he has done in the past, a quick leap and grab seemed to be on the horizon. But Judge kept watching the ball drift, and it did just enough as the ball skimmed his leather to fall into the seats.
"I always feel like I have a good shot," Judge said to The Post's Dan Martin about going after the ball. "I felt it hit my glove, it didn't go in, they got two runs. That's all that really happened. It was a tough play."
Boone saw the same thing from the dugout when Judge locked in on making the potential game-saving play.
"I thought he had a pretty good bead on it," he said. "I know he looked like he had a chance at it the whole way."
The Yankees could have avoided this whole situation, though. They couldn't get a walkoff in the bottom of the 10th with bases loaded and one man out as Greg Bird and Austin Romine both struck out to keep the game alive.
Instead, they got a taste of their own medicine.
"It's a short porch," Robertson said. "He's a strong kid. It just happens.
"There's no other words. It sucks."