The New York Yankees fell down early to the Athletics on Saturday, as Matt Kemp laced an RBI single off Nestor Cortes in the second inning.
However, that wasn’t the only theatrics the second inning provided. Not only did Aaron Judge have a near outfield assist get reviewed, but Cortes balked home a run just a few moments later.
Wait…Cortes is incapable of making mistakes. How did this happen? Well, the umpiring crew claimed the beloved southpaw made a pitching move to home plate before picking off the would-be base-stealer.
Though Cortes is as mild-tempered as they come, the call was enough to unleash his wild side, as he gave the umpires an earful while his hat and glove were getting checked for foreign substances.
Cortes was so beside himself, in fact, that Aaron Boone had to come storming out of the dugout to save his pitcher from a possible ejection!
Nestor Cortes wasn’t a fan of the umpiring on Saturday.
We truly were not expecting fireworks to go off less than four innings into Saturday’s game, but let this serve as a lesson to fellow MLB umpires: do not, under any circumstances, question Cortes’ pick-off prowess.
We’re just relieved Boone swooped in and saved Cortes from an early shower. While the Yankees have won 13 games in a row, the last thing they needed was to go to their bullpen early amid a packed second half schedule.
Unfortunately, shambolic umpiring was the story of the first couple innings. Not only did Saturday’s crew cost Cortes a valuable run, but they (the third base ump) blew two calls in a matter of seconds in the top of the fourth.
First, Starling Marte was called safe attempting to steal third base when he was clearly out. Since the Yankees used their challenge on Judge’s near outfield assist, their hands were tied and replay showed Marte was a dead duck.
A couple pitches later, however, Marte was called out trying to get back to third after a line drive out off the bat of Yan Gomes. The only problem? The throw pulled Rougned Odor off the bag and he wasn’t close to touching it.
The umpiring was such a clown show that Cortes couldn’t help but troll the mistake-prone third base ump on the mound after he tried another pick-off move to first base.
Cortes is a certified Yankees legend for this.
What a wild first few innings, folks. While Cortes is getting hit harder than we’ve grown accustomed to, there’s plenty of time for the lineup to get the Yankees right back in this thing.