A series of bizarre events at Thursday’s Red Sox-Royals game saw Boston manager Alex Cora thrown out of the game and appeared to be in the middle of a sentence by home plate umpire Bill Werke.
The problems started in the bottom of the seventh, when the Red Sox beat Kansas City 4-3 with two Royals on base. Catcher Salvador Pérez fired a line driver on the left field line, grazed the foul pole and appeared to bounce back onto the field.
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The umpire’s review ruled the hit to be a home run, photographic evidence It appears to support that ruling (barely). With that, the Royals led 7-3, making it the final score of the game.
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After the review, Cora appeared unhappy with the referee’s explanation of the ruling. As noted by Boston.com, the Red His Sox broadcast on NESN reported that the crew was unable to explain whether the ball was fair or foul, resulting in a discussion between Cora and Welke. was broken.
Werke clearly didn’t like what Cora said, even though Cora seemed perfectly calm in his conversation with the at-bat umpire. I stayed in the field for a while to do that.
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Cora didn’t elaborate on the conversation with Werke.
“It was very calming to ask what happened, what happened,” Cora said. “He kicked me out. It happens, I guess.
The Red Sox manager later said he thought the ball was fair, not a home run. He also didn’t blame the outcome of the game on the call. The results would have been the same either way, given that we didn’t score any runs).
“It didn’t end the game,” added Cora. “We walked the ninth hitter twice and he got on base three times. We have two lefties out there who have to do a better job. We have to get better.” No, you can’t rely on three or four people, it’s a whole team effort.”
That takes the Red Sox (53-54, ending in the AL East) to 4-6 in their last 10 games and 1-2 by Tuesday’s trade deadline.