Thursday, April 11

Reason for Aaron Boone’s ejection after Yankees’ walk-off loss isn’t what you think

BALTIMORE — Aroldis Chapman performed a little mound karaoke late into a long Friday night at Oriole Park — you know, his version of Brittany Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again.”

The Cuban Missile’s performance was better than Thursday night’s three-batters, three-walks horror show, but he couldn’t put out Clarke Schmidt’s 11th-inning fire, and the Baltimore Orioles won, 2-1, on Chapman’s bases-loaded walk to Ramon Urias — which led to postgame fireworks from Yankees catcher Jose Trevino and manager Aaron Boone.

Trevino stomped around in the batter’s box and yelled at plate umpire Tom Hallion in a temper tantrum after a bases-full, two-out, 3-2 slider was called ball four. In Trevino’s mind, it was a borderline pitch that was framed well enough to be called an inning-ending strikeout that should have extended the game to the 12th inning.

Boone charged out of the dugout and screamed his way to a rare postgame ejection that probably will lead to a fine.

Later, when Boone explained himself during his postgame interview, surprisingly he wasn’t out there because he thought Hallion was squeezing his closer with the game on the line.


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“No,” Boone said. “We thought the last pitch was probably up. It was more just making sure Jose didn’t get in any trouble out there.”

OK, there you have it: Boone jumped in to let the recently acquired Trevino know that his new skipper has his back, while also making sure Trevino didn’t do something suspension-worthy.

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The Yankees were upset with Hallion’s call a few pitches before Chapman replaced Schmidt. With two on and one out in the Baltimore 11th, Schmidt thought he had struck out Kelvin Gutierrez on a 1-2 slider that was called a ball. Three pitches later, he lost Gutierrez, the bases were loaded and Chapman came on with no margin for error.

“I don’t want to put the whole blame on the umpire,” Schmidt said. “It’s tough to be in that position. I should have been able to work out of it. I don’t want to say it came down to a call, but that’s how it works out sometimes.”

Chapman came out throwing strikes. In a lefty vs. lefty battle, Cedric Mullins took two strikes, fouled off a pitch and then swung out swinging for the second out. Urias then swung through the first two pitches to go into an 0-2 hole before Chapman threw four straight balls to force in the winning run, the second and fourth borderline strikes.

Sitting at his locker after the game in full uniform, Chapman had his head down in dejection for a few minutes before watching video of his game-ending walk on his phone.

“Looking at it, I felt the pitches were close,” Chapman said through team interpreter Marlin Abreu. “They could have gone either way. There was one that was down and away. The last one I thought it was a little high.

“Close pitches, but at the end, I lost the batter.”

Trevino agreed after seeing a replay.

“It was a little up, but in the heat of the moment, I thought Chappy made a good pitch and I wish we would have gotten the call,” he said.

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