ALDS: Brock Holt, Red Sox take series lead vs. Yankees

Elena Summers
October 10, 2018

Their ace got booed off the mound, loudly. The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on September 27.

"Nerve-racking", Rick Porcello said of the ninth.

"No choice but to flush", manager Aaron Boone said.

"This game was one of the toughest games, one of the most nerve-wracking games", shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. "Got a big strikeout of Stanton and the 3-2 to Sanchez was pretty nerve-wracking but it got to the second out and we were able to get through it". "And tomorrow's obviously do or die".

A Cy Young candidate during the first half of the 2018 season, Severino was 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 15 starts prior to the Midsummer Classic. "It's unbelievable that he's getting a job to umpire in these playoff games".

"I have no issue with how he warmed up", Boone said.

Angel Hernandez's umpiring didn't get any better Tuesday night - at least not as far as one New York Yankees player was concerned.

The game fell apart quickly, too.

Despite the minor blip in the radar, Severino will look to build off his solid, yet shortened Wild Card start - when he tossed four innings of shutout ball while striking out seven and allowing two hits. He left with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth and was charged with six runs and seven hits.

By the seventh, the stands had started to empty.


The second-string catcher actually hit 90 miles per hour with his fastball. "So whoever needs me". I told everyone, 'Get me up.

The only other position player to pitch in a postseason game was Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington against Kansas City in the 2015 AL Championship Series. "I don't understand why he's doing playoff games".

A sellout crowd arrived early at Yankee Stadium, loudly chanting and cheering even before the teams lined up for pregame introductions. Torres followed with the dramatic bouncer that led to one of 21st century baseball's strangest sights - a team unsure whether to celebrate, its direction depending on a decision from the replay room in downtown Manhattan. "He was bad behind the plate today". Left fielder Andrew McCutchen was slow to retrieve a hit that proved costly.

I mean, usually when stuff like that's going on, you don't really talk about it.

And when Boone did call for a reliever, he summoned a starter, Lance Lynn, rather than someone from the deep NY bullpen.

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.

But I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything.

It was a sharp turnaround for Severino.

Before the last two games, NY was 7-0 at home over the past two postseasons. The performance also alleviated fears in the Bronx - temporarily, anyway - the 24-year-old righty had put past playoff troubles behind him.

Sale had started Game 1 and would have been in line to start a decisive Game 5.

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