The initial loud voice to escape the Yankees’ dugout was heard when umpire John Tumpane called Aaron Judge out in the first inning on a full-count pitch that was clearly low.
When Tumpane called Sandy Alcantara’s first pitch to the next batter, Aaron Hicks, a strike, there was no confusion who was doing the yelling because Aaron Boone was on his way to tell Tumpane to check his eyesight.
“Bull….’’ bellowed Boone, who was easily heard throughout an empty Yankee Stadium. So, too, was the Yankees manager reminding Tumpane that Alcantara’s sinker was deluxe and didn’t require the umpire’s assistance.
As per rules that forbid managers from questioning balls and strikes, Boone was excused for the rest of the evening.
Boone filling Tumpane’s ears didn’t immediately wake up the Yankees’ bats, though they did rally in the third for two runs, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 4-3 loss in 10 innings to the Marlins on Friday night.
The Marlins clinched a postseason spot with the victory.
Pinch-runner Monte Harrison started the extra frame on second, was bunted to third and escaped a rundown between third and home when catcher Kyle Higashioka’s short throw hit him in the back. Starling Marte, who hit the grounder to shortstop Gleyber Torres, made second on the play. Jesus Aguilar’s fly to right field scored Harrison.
The defeat means the Yankees will play the best-of-three wild-card series on the road. It also means that if the 32-26 Yankees want to achieve their much-talked-about goal of winning the World Series, they will have to play every postseason game away from The Bronx. That is a problem on paper since the Yankees went 21-7 at the Stadium and 11-18 in other ballparks.
Tumpane ejecting Boone boiled the Yankees, but it wasn’t the end. After pinch-runner Mike Tauchman stole second with no outs in the eighth inning, the Yankees had the potential tying run in scoring position — until Tumpane ruled that catcher Chad Wallach’s throwing arm hit Tumpane’s body and called the play umpire interference.
That sent Tauchman back to first. Clint Frazier then struck out on a 3-2 pitch below the knees, which led to Frazier snapping his bat over his thigh.
Yimi Garcia replaced Alcantara and struck out LeMahieu. Tauchman made second when Garcia’s pickoff attempt to first base went over Aguilar’s head. Judge’s bloop single to right plated Tauchman and tied the score, 3-3.
Judge, who started the game in a 5-for-27 (.185) slide, doubled and scored in the third.
After scoring a run in each of their previous two games, the Yankees upped their production, but it was still meager and not enough to prevent them from dropping their fifth game in the last six.
J.A. Happ put the Yankees in a 3-0 hole in the first when he issued a pair of two-out walks and gave up a homer to former Yankee Garrett Cooper.
That was all Happ allowed, but it was enough to get him beat. In five innings, the veteran lefty, who might have pitched his final regular-season game as a Yankee, gave up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three.