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Alex Cora: Embarrassing to get ejected during playoffs

Ryan Hannable
October 14, 2018 - 1:12 am

The Red Sox fell to the Astros, 7-2, in Game 1 of the ALCS Saturday night at Fenway Park, except manager Alex Cora didn't see the game past the fifth inning.

Cora was ejected following Andrew Benintendi striking out looking with runners on second and third with two outs to end the fifth inning. This came after the offense scored two runs to tie the game at two in the frame against Justin Verlander.

"I guess Verlander executed his pitch and he called it strike. Andrew didn't agree. I didn't agree. It's a big pitch right there. It's ball four, bases loaded," Cora said. "They got [Ryan] Pressly in the bullpen. Most likely Verlander comes out of the game.

"But you can't argue balls and strikes. And I did. It's kind of like embarrassing that it happens in the playoffs. That wasn't cool watching the game in the clubhouse. I got a job to do and manage the team in the dugout. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and you've got to defend your players. And at least Andrew stayed in the game and he had a few more at-bats and he played left field while I was watching in my office."

Third baseman Eduardo Nunez was surprised Cora got ejected, but said it was a huge turning point in the game.

"That was the pitch the changed the whole game," he said. "It's a different situation when you have the bases loaded and he had already four walks, if he has a walk, and J.D. [Martinez] at the plate. So it was a different game."

Down 0-1 in the series, the Red Sox will come back with David Price for Game 2 Sunday night.

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