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New York Yankees demote Brooks Kriske after wild inning

Jul 22, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  New York Yankees relief pitcher Brooks Kriske (82) pitches during the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 22, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Brooks Kriske (82) pitches during the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees demoted reliever Brooks Kriske after he became the first pitcher in franchise history to throw four wild pitches in a single inning.

The 27-year-old right-hander was sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre immediately following his 10th-inning meltdown in Thursday night’s 5-4 road loss to the Boston Red Sox.

No corresponding transaction was announced.

“Just pure execution,” Kriske said after the game. “It’s part of the game. Obviously, I’ve got to do a better job. I want to be someone the team can rely on in big spots. It’s something I’m going to have to do better. … It sucks to be the one to blow it for the team.”

After the Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th, they handed the ball to Kriske. It was just his seventh appearance of the season and the 11th of his career.

With Rafael Devers starting the inning on second base, Kriske threw a wild pitch to Xander Bogaerts that allowed Devers to move to third. Devers scored the tying run on a second wild pitch to Bogaerts, who walked on five pitches.

Bogaerts moved to second and third on two more wild pitches to J.D. Martinez, who struck out. Bogaerts then came home with the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Renfroe.

Kriske fell to 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA with the loss.

–Field Level Media