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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia critical of umpire Angel Hernandez

ESPN.com | Updated: 2018-10-10 13:20:18

Angel Hernandez's umpiring didn't get any better Tuesday night -- at least not as far as one New York Yankees player was concerned.

Starter CC Sabathia blasted Hernandez following New York's 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the AL Division Series, saying the veteran umpire was "terrible" behind the plate in the Yankees' season-ending defeat in the Bronx.

"He's absolutely terrible," Sabathia told reporters after allowing three runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out one. "He was terrible behind the plate today. He was terrible at first base. It's amazing how he's getting jobs umpiring in these playoff games."

Many had that same question after Game 3 on Monday, when Hernandez had four plays reviewed at first base in the first four innings - three of which were overturned. New York lost that game, 16-1.

How Hernandez would fare behind the plate Tuesday night was a talking point entering Game 4.

Sabathia got in some trouble early, walking Xander Bogaerts to load the bases in the first inning before escaping the jam. He wasn't as luck in the third, allowing three runs on three hits as Boston took the lead for good. Sabathia's night ended after that; of the 59 pitches he threw, 35 were strikes.

Asked if Angel Hernandez was the reason the Yankees lost, Sabathia added: "Not at all. But he shouldn't be around these playoff games.

"He's always bad. He's a bad umpire."

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, meanwhile, was far more effective, allowing just one run on four hits in five innings, striking out one and walking zero while throwing 48 of 65 pitches for strikes.

Asked after Boston's win about Hernandez's strike zone, and Sabathia's critique of it, Porcello was pointed in his response.

"Throw the ball over the plate, CC," Porcello said. "I thought Angel Hernandez called a good game. You gotta out the ball over the white part of the plate and then you get the strikes called."

According to ESPN's Stats & Information, Sabathia had one pitch called a ball on Tuesday that had a better than 50 percent chance of being called a strike -- the first pitch to Bogaerts with two outs in the top of the first inning, which had a 71.3 percent chance.

Porcello also had one pitch called a ball that had a better than 50 percent chance of being called a strike -- and that was a 1-2 pitch to Aaron Hicks with two outs in the fifth inning that had a 70.5 percent chance, according to ESPN's Stats & Information.

The Cuban-born Hernandez is currently embroiled in a racial discrimination lawsuit against MLB, stating he has been passed over for promotion to crew chief and for postseason assignments. Just last week, U.S. District Court judge Michael R. Barrett ruled in favor of MLB to move the case to New York City instead of southern Ohio, where Hernández's lawyer initially filed the suit.

Since Hernández filed his suit in 2017, he was selected for the 2017 All-Star Game as well as postseason duty in 2017 and now 2018. His suit claims he had been passed over assignment because of a feud with Joe Torre, who is MLB's chief baseball officer.

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