October 7, 2020 | 4:45am
There was finally an Adam Ottavino sighting Tuesday night — and the right-hander dealt with some of the same issues that plagued him during the regular season.
Ottavino made his first appearance of the playoffs — and since Sept. 26 — in the Yankees’ 7-5 loss to the Rays in Game 2 of the ALDS at Petco Park in San Diego, coming in for the struggling J.A. Happ with two out and two on in the bottom of the fourth.
Ottavino got out of that jam by getting pinch-hitter Yoshitomo Tsutsugo to fly out to left, where Clint Frazier nearly overran the ball.
But Ottavino opened the bottom of the fifth by walking Joey Wendle — after getting ahead 0-2. Wendle then swiped second off Ottavino, who is notoriously slow to the plate. After Willy Adames was retired on a grounder near home plate, Aaron Boone replaced Ottavino with Jonathan Loasiga, whose nightmarish postseason continued when he allowed an RBI single to Kevin Kiermaier.
For Ottavino, it was another shaky postseason outing after he disappointed last season, when he as scored upon in three straight appearances against the Astros in the ALCS, as well as in 2018 with the Rockies.
And it came after an ugly second season with the Yankees, which ended with a pair of subpar outings down the stretch that helped lead to Ottavino being bypassed in favor of Loaisiga in their marathon Game 2 victory over the Indians last week.
Boone insisted he had faith in Ottavino and was just looking for the right spot to insert the right-hander.
On Tuesday, that chance lasted just three batters before Loaisiga came on and gave up two hits including a homer to Austin Meadows — in 1 ²/₃ innings.