Alex Cora was ejected in Game 1 of the ALCS

Rex Christensen
October 14, 2018

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 working a 3-2 count on five pitches, Benintendi decided not to swing on the sixth, as a 97.8 miles per hour fastball from Astros starter Justin Verlander spun toward the outer edge of the strike zone.

The pitch was at least six inches off the plate, yet that's what ended the inning.

The Red Sox were clearly angered by the punchout.

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Benintendi threw his bat and helmet to the ground after the third strike, so Cora's actions likely were done in large part to protect his player.

Down 2-0, the Boston Red Sox were able to tie things up at 2-2 on a bases-loaded walk and a Justin Verlander wild pitch.

Ron Roenicke took over on the bench. He was also tossed August 3 against the Yankees. He was never ejected during his playing days.

Last year it was John Farrell in Game 4 of the ALDS, and this year it's Alex Cora in Game 1 of the ALCS.

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