"I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and try and get some quick outs", Eovaldi said. "I need a home run for a cycle, '" Holt said.
Romine had just become the second position player in history to pitch in a postseason game, while Holt was a home run shy of becoming the first batter in history to hit for a postseason cycle. "I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything". He said he came out to the field 20 minutes before the first pitch, per usual, and went to the bullpen 10 minutes before the game, per usual. You could definitely make the argument that Boston is lucky that it lost only one of the first two games, but that's just spilled milk.
Aaron Boone will be hoping for a longer outing from Severino, who posted a 3.39 ERA, 3.10 xFIP and 10.35 K/9 in 191.1 innings in 2018, on Monday night.
Boston's powerful lineup (an MLB-leading 5.40 runs per game) and formidable starting pitching draws all the attention, but behind the scenes, the Red Sox do a lot of little things right. "Larry said he was able to get through his normal routine where he faces a couple hitters". Entering the top of the 9th, Holt had a single, double and triple to his name. Stephen Tarpley was touched for three runs in the eighth inning. Masahiro Tanaka picked up the win as he allowed one earned run on three hits with four strikeouts and one walk over five innings. Like when you throw 100 and you place it in the right spot, even if they take a good swing, you can get missed hits. The trade deadline acquisition from Tampa Bay was overpowering, carving his way through seven innings in his first postseason start.
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"It was a special moment for me", Eovaldi said. "I don't think it's sunk in". That is the very definition of manufacturing two runs. Then on Monday, the Sox took it to Aaron Boone's most unsafe pitcher - or at least their hardest throwing - Luis Severino.
There were four replay challenges in the first four innings - all involving calls by first base umpire Angel Hernandez.
"The Yankees" bullpen is one of the best in baseball. 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. "He's had success against them, and it seems like it's a good matchup; obviously, in the playoffs, game planning is part of it, and I know they're going to be ready, but we will too, and we trust his stuff".