Pete Alonso on breaking bat after strikeout: 'I don't know why I swung'


Pete Alonso swung and missed at a 98 mph fastball just above the zone during Tuesday’s loss to the Yankees, and casually snapped his bat over his knee as he walked back to the dugout.

It was the fourth strikeout in a row for Yankees starter Frankie Montas, who was in a groove after a rocky first two innings, but regardless of how strong Montas was in that frame, Alonso was not happy with himself for chasing.

“I just really didn’t want to chase that pitch up in the zone,” Alonso said. I saw the ball well, but I don’t know why I swung. It just looked too good to hold up. I knew immediately it was out of my zone. I was just really frustrated at chasing at that pitch.

“He made a good pitch. Tip my hat, he did a really good job tonight.”

Alonso wound up with a solid 2-for-4 night with the lone strikeout, but it angered him enough to sacrifice a piece of lumber.

“I was really upset that I chased for strike three,” Alonso said. “Especially when we needed people on base.”

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