Red Sox Eliminate Yankees, Punch Ticket To ALCS To Face Astros

Lynette Rowe
October 10, 2018

He also pointing out that, by maintaining an aggressive approach on offense, the Red Sox could have forced the Yankees to dig deeper into their bullpen, potentially providing Boston with a useful edge in Tuesday's Game 4.

Twitter absolutely went off on Hernandez during and after the game and he was actually trending in the US after. After an 0-for-4 performance with two Ks in Game 6, Boone spent most of Game 7 watching from the bench. MLB's replay system has had issues with long delays at times, and adding more time to a Yankees-Red Sox playoff game is never ideal. So it shouldn't shock anyone that he might be miffed by some of the things the Red Sox did in Game 3.

Facing elimination tonight - along with the threat of seeing the Red Sox pop bottles in their stadium for the second time in less than three weeks - the Yanks are sending CC Sabathia to the mound in an attempt to force a fifth game.

NY got its first run on Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the fifth.

The Red Sox were just a little better than the Yankees all year, a trend that continued in this series. The Yankees trust Sabathia implicitly and, if nothing else, you know he's not going to get overwhelmed by the moment.

"I have the upper hand because I'm bilingual and the umpire behind the plate is too", Cora said jokingly.

The Yankees are going home.

Making his first playoff start this year, Holt opened the fourth with a single off Severino and capped the 26-minute outburst with a triple to right field. Boston acquired him from Tampa Bay in July and the hard-throwing righty compiled a 1.93 ERA in four starts against NY this season - three with the Red Sox. Eovaldi allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, throwing 72 of 97 pitches for strikes.

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Benintendi, already a Yankees nemesis, was on base four times and scored twice.

TBS reported Severino began warming up only 10 minutes before the game, and he certainly looked out of sorts from the start in misty weather. It certainly wouldn't be smart for Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia to plunk a guy on objective and risk getting ejected.

If anyone on the Red Sox gets hit (or even brushed back) in Game 4, it would be Andrew Benintendi or Brock Holt.

Then it was an inning each from Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Sale, who became the second starting pitcher to handle the eighth inning this series (Porcello did it in Game 1). Steve Pearce played first and had an RBI single in the fourth.

Hernandez, a notoriously shaky umpire, blew three calls on close plays at first base in the first four innings.

■ RHP Gerrit Cole started 32 games in the regular season, going 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA and 276 strikeouts over 200 ⅓ innings.

Houston and Boston split the series in Houston in late May and early June.

It wasn't a turn of phrase that irked many viewers Monday so much as an apparent return to an informal code that Major League Baseball itself is eager to move past. Boone said Hicks was doing "significantly better", and sitting him was a much more hard decision than it was Saturday.

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