A potential game-breaking, three-run hoemr became a not-so simple fly out for Gleyber Torres.
With one out in the bottom of the third inning, the Yankees shortstop hit a 1-1 pitch from Heath Fillmyer over the wall in left field after a leaping Alex Gordon could not make the catch. It was initially ruled a home run and gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead over the Royals at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon. That cushion didn’t last.
The call was overturned after a video review and Torres was ruled out because of fan interference, which is a judgment call by the umpires. This led to Yankees manager Aaron Boone arguing vehemently and being ejected from the game.
YES play-by-play man Michael Kay said on the broadcast the he’s not sure you can “assume” Gordon would make the catch.
The fan is reaching over the wall slightly and from one angle it appears the ball hits the fan and is out well before Gordon’s glove could reach it. From another vantage point, you could make the case that had the fan not interfered the ball could have dropped into Gordon’s glove before hitting anything on the other side of the wall. The umpires obviously believed Gordon could have made a play and took three-runs off the board for the Yankees.
They quickly made up for it back-to-back homers from Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu to put the Yankees up 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Tauchman blast was a three-run homer.
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