New York Yankees SP Nestor Cortes leaves Game 4 of ALCS with injury
NEW YORK — The Yankees lost both their three-point lead and their All-Star starter in the third inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
With the score 3-0, after New York finally showed some life on offense in the first two frames, Nestor Cortes brought out the first two batters in the third.
At one point, Yankees manager Aaron Boone and a coach visited the southpaw on the mound, checking on a sudden injury issue.
The Yankees stuck with Cortes and immediately regretted it, watching the southpaw give up a game-tying three-run home run to shortstop Jeremy Peña.
Immediately after the home run, Boone and the coach returned to the mound, knocking Cortes out of the game after a quick argument. Cortes Speed was broken down down the sleeve and the southpaw didn’t look good.
The Yankees later announced that Cortes left the game with a left groin injury. Cortes missed a few starts this summer with a sprained left groin, which put him on the 15-day disabled list.
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With Cortes out of the picture, Boone called left-hander Wandy Peralta out of the bullpen, one of his best relievers. Peralta then allowed another run to score on three more hits in the inning, allowing Houston to regain the lead and momentum.
Cortes leaving with an injury is a devastating blow to New York, both on Sunday night and for the rest of this series, if it continues.
The Yankees bullpen now needs to register 21 outs Sunday night to save this team’s season. Even then, if the Yankees avoid elimination, they will face a thinning bullpen for the rest of this series.