The New York Yankees are currently in free-fall mode and their lead in the AL East is in danger of shrinking to three games with a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Sunday’s series-finale at Tropicana Field.
So far, so good for the Yankees. Frankie Montas just put the finishing touches on his best start in pinstripes and Aaron judge belted his 53rd home run of the season to give New York a 1-0 first inning lead.
In predictable fashion, the Yankees’ offense has stalled and they are currently clinging to that same 1-0 lead in the seventh inning. As of this writing, New York has stranded a runner in scoring position in three straight innings.
The team’s performance isn’t pleasing on the eye to anyone, including manager Aaron Boone, who got himself ejected with a profanity-laced meltdown after a questionable catcher’s inference call in the bottom of the fifth.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone ejected Sunday vs the Rays
Boone took some criticism for “wasting” the Yankees challenge on a DJ LeMahieu pop out to the catcher that he thought grazed the netting. At second glance, though, Boone wanted the umpiring crew to review the play. Instead, the Yankees were stripped of their challenge and couldn’t contest the catcher’s interference call.
Pretty frustrating stuff if you ask us, especially when replay didn’t visibly show Ji-Man Choi’s bat connect with Kyle Higashioka’s glove.
Nevertheless, Boone got at least two f-bombs off and the third likely got him ejected. The Yankees skipper has now been ejected seven times this year; the most of any other manager. We’ll see if the epic freak-out lights a fire under the Yankees, because Josh Donaldson forcing benches to clear on an erratic 3-0 fastball near his head in the second inning clearly didn’t do the trick.