Alex Cora will not be on the bench to celebrate a potential win for the Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against his former team in the Astros.
Boston’s new manager was ejected in the fifth inning when he argued a third-strike call on Andrew Benintendi with runners on second and third base with two outs.
After the Red Sox’s 7-2 loss, Cora addressed the incident.
“It’s kind of like embarrassing that it happens in the playoffs,” he said.
Cora added “you can’t argue balls and strikes,” but said he felt the need to defend his player.
The pitch, which was borderline on the outside corner to Benintendi, ended a scoring threat when the Red Sox had already scored twice in the frame to tie the score at 2-2.
This is the pitch that got Alex Cora ejected. Borderline in either direction, really. pic.twitter.com/DKPw7ZgVbv
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) October 14, 2018
Cora was the Astros’ bench coach in 2017 when Houston won the World Series over the Dodgers.
Ron Roenicke took over on the bench.