Young Gleyber Torres blasted umpires after an iffy call kept him from scoring a game-changing run in the Yankees’ loss on Saturday.
Gleyber Torres thought he crossed the plate as the tying run in the ninth inning on Saturday. Instead, an umpire ruling sent the New York Yankees infielder back to third to stew as his team lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Unsurprisingly, Torres’s emotions boiled over after the game:
“I think [the umpires] need to do a little [better] job,” he told the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff. “… I don’t know what’s wrong with the umpires today.”
A Gio Urshela grounder to third with Torres on second and Brett Gardner on first started the confusion. Gardner took out Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy with a legal slide, and Torres made his way home.
However, home-plate umpire Gabe Morales called time as Torres broke for the plate. That was enough to keep the run off the board and give LA closer Kenley Jansen a chance to finish off the Yanks.
Gardner beat the force at second, Muncy goes down, Jansen calls time, Gleybers run doesn't count, a breakdown pic.twitter.com/9LuwUUmphx
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Manager Aaron Boone offered at least a little support for his 22-year-old All-Star infielder:
“Gabe said he killed it,” Boone told Davidoff. “Just looking back, Kenley held his hands up. It looked to me like Gleyber had already started down the line with the man on the field.”
Per Davidoff, Boone also said the Bombers will ask the league for “a good explanation” of the play. But no matter what the MLB powers that be say about the issue, it won’t change anything.
The Yankees will still have split the first two games of the series against the Dodgers. And after his comments, Torres can expect any close calls involving him in the final game to go LA’s way.