"I know with the (Yankees-Red Sox) rivalry and everything, we've played some games there and it's been loud, but nothing like the way it's going to be on Monday". Hardly seems possible, right? Boston looks to clinch the series and a trip to the ALCS while the Yankees hope to force Game 5 at Fenway. It's barely halfway over and anyone who's watched a playoff game (any game, really) in Yankee Stadium knows that the team can rally quickly. "So the fans are going to be excited", Betances said.
"I think from pitch 1, we let them know that we were here", Cora said. Holt became the first player in postseason history to hit for the cycle. October has a way of cementing legacies.
Game 4 is tonight.
Red Sox legend and Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, who was on the TBS pre- and postgame show, did not mince words with the longtime umpire. "I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and just get some quick outs".
The over is 8-1 in the last nine Yankees games overall.
All in all it was positive for the Red Sox to load the bases after the first two men were retired. But the 2004 postseason is where he established his reputation as a clutch hitter.
"Angel was terrible", Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez said on TBS' postgame show.
Sure enough, Romine grooved a 79-mph pitch - identified graciously as a "slider" on MLB Gameday - and Holt pounced on it, hooking it down the right-field line, just inside the pole, for a two-run homer that accounted for the final runs in the Red Sox's staggering 16-1 victory, which put them ahead, two games to one, in the best-of-five series.
If anyone on the Red Sox gets hit (or even brushed back) in Game 4, it would be Andrew Benintendi or Brock Holt. Mookie Betts came up later in the frame, scoring Holt on an RBI single. He wasn't done, though. Right-hander Joe Kelly entered in relief of Price and succeeded in stabilizing the game with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS. Porcello hasn't gone seven innings in a game since August 20, so he'll have to rediscover what worked for him at times this season.
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel tossed a football with pitching coach Dana LeVangie before throwing a baseball in the outfield.
"This is what it's all about - you get an opportunity to have the ball in Yankee Stadium, Game 4, this is the culmination of the entire season leads up to your opportunities in the postseason", said Porcello. On Tuesday, as the umpire moves from first base to behind the plate, Boston manager Alex Cora said he's not concerned about Hernandez's prime placement for Game 4. In the seventh, Benintendi walked again - but not before swinging at a 3-0 pitch from Yankees reliever Jonathan Holder. He does have a lengthy history against Sabathia, going 11-or-41 with a double, two homers and four RBIs while drawing three walks.
Boston scored its initial run on a groundout by Christian Vazquez in the bottom of the second inning.
This isn't a random game in the middle of May. Roberts went first-to-third on a single by Trot Nixon and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Varitek. Now back at home, will NY win again tonight to grab the lead in the series and pull within one win of taking the series?
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