NEW YORK – New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole and coach Aaron Boone were sent off Friday night’s 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox for arguing with board referee Brian Knight over a call-up before a game start. In the sixth half.
Cole’s 1-2 Red Sox player Alex Verdugo – who appeared to be low in the strike zone – was called in with the ball, and his ensuing court, a 100 mph four-seater fastball, was dug by Verdugo over Homer’s right-field fence of three The game hook ran at 4.
Then Cole hit J.D. Martinez to end the inning. As he walked from the hill, he started yelling at Nate, who immediately demanded that Cole be fired. At that point, a furious Boone started arguing with Knight in support of his apprentice and was also slandered.
“I thought there were a lot of pitches that were on edge – sometimes it’s 50/50,” Cole said. “You went a long time without getting fired. So just like feelings get over you.”
Cole said his plan to Verdugo that resulted in a home run “was like the worst tune in the sequence. He obviously put a nice swing on it and did what he wanted to do on the court.”
On the other hand, the former pitch, “I locked him up.”
“I thought it was dotted,” Cole said. Stick it where we want it.
It was Boone’s ninth dismissal of the season, which, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, is the most in a single season by a manager since Bobby Cox in 2007 (10).
“I felt like something was going on [Yankees catcher Jose Trevino and the umpire] There,” Boone said. I’m obviously a little late getting out there tonight, so I didn’t want that to happen [Trevino getting ejected]So I was trying to protect these guys a little bit.”
Cole has now allowed 31 home runs this season, the most in MLS and the second-most in MLB, behind Washington’s Josiah Gray.
“I’ve been stung a few times, but it’s a baseball game,” Cole said.
Cole finished the game after scoring 8 strikes over 6 runs, giving him 244 for the season – the second most in a single season in Yankees history. It’s just four points away from surpassing Ron Guidry’s franchise mark of 248, which was set in 1978.
Harrison Bader of the Yankees rode twice in eighth and was credited with a stolen base when a hard-hitting attempt by Boston’s Matt Strahm allowed him to reach third. Trevino played at home in the tiebreaker of the next game. Jonathan Loisiga made two goalless rounds to win, working around a pair of singles in the ninth inning.
Aaron Judge was held without Homer for the third game in a row, keeping him at 60 for the season and one shy of Roger Maris’ MLS record.
“He kicks off the right swings, he makes good swing decisions. That will come,” Boone said. “But it’s a sneak peek at how great it is also, that when he doesn’t hit the ball out of the field, it still affects us in a big way. I was really, really, really [impressed] With all the hype around this and the excitement around this… he still goes there and collects well after good racket.”
The first-placed Yankees lowered their magic number to five for the AL East title.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.