Luis Severino was absolutely masterful at his craft Monday night compared to Angel Hernandez.
While the Yankees ace was mercifully removed in the fourth inning after a dreadful performance, the first-base umpire Hernandez had nowhere to hide.
In all, three of Hernandez’s calls were overturned by replay, adding an extra layer of sludge to Boston’s 16-1 blowout victory in Game 3 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.
Hernandez’s brutal night started in the second inning, when he ruled Didi Gregorius safe at first base on a bunt that moved Giancarlo Stanton to second. The Red Sox challenged the call, which was overturned as replays showed the throw beating Gregorius to the bag.
Gleyber Torres opened the bottom of the third inning with a grounder to shortstop Xander Bogaerts and was called out at first by Hernandez. The Yankees challenged the call, which was overturned by replay. But the Yankees couldn’t cash in on the opportunity, as Nathan Eovaldi recorded three straight outs.
Hernandez received a reprieve in the fourth inning on Luke Voit’s infield single leading off — the Red Sox challenged, but the call was upheld by replay.
But two batters later, Hernandez again looked bad: Gregorius was called out at first base as part of a 4-6-3 double play before the Yankees challenged. The call was overturned on replay, giving Gregorius first base and Hernandez his third blown call of the game.
The Yankees and Red Sox haven’t seen the last of Hernandez, who as part of the normal rotation is scheduled to work the plate for Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday. The good news for Hernandez — but bad news perhaps for both teams — is replay won’t have jurisdiction on his strike zone.
Hernandez, a native of Cuba, sued MLB last year, claiming racial discrimination for his getting passed over routinely for a promotion to crew chief and prestigious assignments such as the postseason and All-Star game. After his lawsuit was filed, Hernandez received an All-Star Game and playoff assignment in 2017.
In his suit, Hernandez claimed a long-simmering feud with former Yankees manager Joe Torre, now MLB’s head of operations, contributed to his getting passed over for promotions and prestigious assignments.
The lawsuit was filed in Ohio, but this month a US District Court judge ruled in favor of MLB in changing the venue for the case to New York, where MLB is headquartered.
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