Gerrit Cole, Aaron Boone ejected as pitcher throws tantrum

Gerrit Cole’s night was already going to be over, but as he walked off the mound to end the top of the sixth inning, he got ejected from the game while he was at it.

Soon after giving up his second home run Friday, a three-run shot to Alex Verdugo that tied the game at four, Cole recorded the final out of the sixth and promptly began barking at home plate umpire Brian Knight.

Knight quickly tossed Cole, who appeared to be upset that his 1-2 pitch to Verdugo was called a ball. The next pitch Cole threw was deposited into the Yankees bullpen to cough up a 4-1 lead.

Aaron Boone jumped out of the dugout after Cole was tossed, then argued with Knight himself, which led to the manager also getting ejected.

Gerrit Cole, Aaron Boone ejected as pitcher throws tantrum
Gerrit Cole argues with umpire Brian Knight.
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Gerrit Cole was ejected in the sixth inning.
Gerrit Cole was ejected in the sixth inning.
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Gerrit Cole reacts after giving up a three-run homer to Alex Verdugo.
Gerrit Cole reacts after giving up a three-run homer to Alex Verdugo.
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Aaron Boone, left, argues with umpire Brian Knight.
Aaron Boone, left, argues with umpire Brian Knight.
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Alex Verdugo
Alex Verdugo hits a three-run homer off Gerrit Cole
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Besides the non-strike call, Cole was likely frustrated by the two home runs he gave up on the night, which were the 30th and 31st he has given up this season. That ties a career-high and puts him second in the league for home runs allowed this season.

Cole has now given up four runs in three straight starts, with his ERA climbing to 3.49.

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