Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Rick Porcello Fires Back After CC Sabathia Criticizes Umpire Angel Hernandez

Rick Porcello Fires Back After CC Sabathia Criticizes Umpire Angel Hernandez

To open their league championship series, the Red Sox and Houston Astros are sticking with their rotation from the ALDS. It is not warm. Sabathia was livid. "I don't think Angel Hernandez should be umping playoff games", he said.

But, save for a called strike three on Andrew Benintendi and a few questionable calls, Hernandez was not a major part of Game 4, which saw the Red Sox eliminate the Yankees to move on the ALCS. Whether the rushed work in the bullpen affected Severino or not, he failed to deliver when the Yankees had a chance to force the Red Sox against the wall.

Kimbrel got into immediate trouble, issuing a four-pitch leadoff walk to Aaron Judge followed by a Didi Gregorius single. He tossed a 1-2-3 inning, then gave way to Ryan Brasier for the seventh.

The Yankees never noticed, so Kimbrel got away with it. "But I got under it", Sanchez said through a translator.

Trailing in Game 4 of the AL Division Series, the Yankees scored twice in the ninth and had runners at first and second with two outs.

In Game 2 of the ALDS, Price lasted only 1.2 innings and allowed three runs on three hits and two walks, bringing his career postseason ERA to 5.28.

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Stanton, New York's big acquisition last offseason, was 4 for 18 (.222) with no RBIs.

- John Farrell was sacked from his job as the Red Sox manager nearly exactly one year ago and now he's offering analysis on his former team for ESPN.

"He's absolutely awful", Sabathia said, according to Tim Healey of Newsday.

Hernandez's assignment as home-plate umpire for Game 4 became a talking point after he was criticized for his performance at Game 3 on Monday. He had four of his calls reviewed at first base.

Hernandez, a 57-year-old born in Cuba, filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Major League Baseball in 2017, claiming he has been passed over for promotions and postseason assignments.

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