He struck again Tuesday in a game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hernandez blew a series of strike calls that enraged Yankees fans on social media and left the team’s television announcers laughing in disbelief.
One particularly glaring error came in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka facing the Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk.
Angel Hernandez is just awful. Awful! pic.twitter.com/PyPHLlA5Jc
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) June 5, 2019
“Wow. Right down the middle,” one of the announcers said. Both commentators then started laughing in amazement.
Here is a graphic depiction of Hernandez’s call:
Angel Hernandez called pitch #2 a ball. pic.twitter.com/jPAEWQ9iom
— Mike Nash (@MikeNash15) June 5, 2019
Tanaka couldn’t believe it either. After he got the throw back from Sanchez, Tanaka held up his arms as if to say, “What the heck, dude?”
On the very next pitch, a rattled Tanaka gave up a home run to Grichuk.
Angel Hernandez sure didn’t help the #Yankees last night. That blown call right down the middle in the 5th inning unsettled Masahiro Tanaka. Randal Grichuk hammered the very next pitch for a HR. #BlueJays ended up scoring three runs that inning. pic.twitter.com/qxD8HvqinI
— Charlie Ricker (@ByCharlieRicker) June 5, 2019
That wasn’t the only blown call by Hernandez that inning. The video below shows three other questionable calls.
RT to spread the word! This HAS to be the final time we see Angel Hernandez. There is something clearly wrong here, @MLB.
Four missed strike calls in ONE INNING! Two of them were right down the middle! pic.twitter.com/M8QL0pAFZ7
— Kyle ⚾️ (@KyleNYY) June 5, 2019
Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer later that inning to make it 3-2 in favor of the Blue Jays, and then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single that made it 4-2.
The Yankees would score just one more run, as the Blue Jays won the game 4-3.
Fans vented their frustrations with Hernandez on social media.
Please sign my petition to send Angel Hernandez to the moon with a like and a retweet. Please and thank you. pic.twitter.com/ScmAQa9gLJ
— John (@jcyankeefan) June 5, 2019
The Yankees fell to 38-21, while the Blue Jays improved to 22-38.
The Yankees hold a 2.5-game lead over the Rays in the AL East.
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