Once more, Aaron Boone’s boiling point was reached due to a plate umpire’s strike zone judgment.
Completing a frustrating afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals finished off a three-game sweep with a 12-9 victory before 46,472 fans.Maglia Manchester United
Several thousand people had already left the ballpark before the conclusion of a game that lasted four hours and 25 minutes. It was the longest nine-inning game in MLB this season.
Leading the NL Central division, St. Louis (60-48) held a one-run lead in the eighth before Paul DeJong’s latest big hit of the series, a three-run homer off Scott Effross, provided a four-run cushion.Maglia rossa da bambino del Manchester United
The Yankees (70-39) have lost five straight games, all of them since Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline, and they received a disappointing debut outing by starter Frankie Montas, who lasted three innings and yielded six runs.
Coupled with Toronto’s victory, the Yankees lead the AL East by 9.5 games, but it’s the first time they haven’t led the division by double digits since June 15.
Boone wasn’t the only Yankee upset with veteran umpire Ed Hickox’s interpretation of the zone, with DJ LeMahieu and Josh Donaldson reacting to called strikes.
Boone’s anger began bubbling in the Yankees’ half of the fifth, during an at-bat where Marwin Gonzalez – batting with the bases loaded and nobody out – was struck out looking at a breaking pitch.