Alex Cora not happy with Tyler Austin’s slide with spikes up
Alex Cora was not happy with the slide by Tyler Austin that led to a benches-clearing brawl between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
In the top of the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game, Austin was hit in the back by a pitch from Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, resulting in both dugouts clearing and both players getting ejected.
What preceded that was a slide by Austin earlier in the game. During the third inning, Tyler Wade hit a ground ball to third base. Austin, who was on first base, slid into second and was out on a force play. However, it was the way he slid that caused tempers to flare. Austin went in with the spikes on his left foot up in the air.
— Mark Suleymanov (@TheMARKOut1) April 12, 2018
After the game, Red Sox manager Alex Cora did not sound happy about the slide.
Alex Cora on Tyler Austin slide: He overslid it and his spikes were up.’
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 12, 2018
The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is one of the most storied (and hotly contested) in sports. The dugouts cleared twice during Wednesday’s game and emotions were obviously running high. With the two teams playing several more times this season, we can probably expect this incident to be brought up many more times.