NY is 19-9 in the postseason at new Yankee Stadium, where boisterous Bronx crowds try to intimidate. Be assured, there will be plot twists and tensions your baseball mind can not even imagine. "Watching from afar a year ago, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw, intense connection that the fan base had with the players, and that created a lot of buzz going into the winter obviously".
Now down 2-1 and in danger of being eliminated in the best-of-five matchup, they'll turn to CC Sabathia on Tuesday night in hopes of saving their season. They got shutout innings from Matt Barnes, Ryan Brazier, and ace-turned-temporary-setup-man Chris Sale, which was a surprise.
Well, that question is a lot more complicated than one might think. The final out, a handsome bang-bang play at first base on a Gleyber Torres slow roller, had to be confirmed by replay, because of course it did. Torres was ruled out and the call was upheld on replay review, officially giving the Red Sox a 4-3 win. They won, somehow, and now and again it's left to the Yankees to deal with a winter of what-ifs. Right-handed hitter Steve Pearce was set to start at first base Monday night at Yankee Stadium against righty Luis Severino. It was an exceptional defensive play by a player who does not have an exceptional defensive reputation. (Wait, maybe that's a bad reminder.) Aaron Boone waited too long to pull Severino on Monday, but he won't make that mistake with Sabathia.
Severino allowed six runs (all earned) on seven hits and two walks, while only retiring nine batters. He threw a flawless inning, retiring Gleyber Torres, Andrew McCutchen, and Aaron Hicks on 13 pitches. "In the seventh, we got together, (pitching coach) Dana (LeVangie), (bench coach) Ron (Roenicke) and myself". He pitched five innings allowing just one run on four hits, and manager Alex Cora questionably removed Porcello from the game before the sixth inning even though he had only thrown 60-something pitches.
A couple of them got a little exhausted, however.
They scored three in the third off Sabathia (0-1), and it started with a sacrifice fly by Martinez. He uses Christian Vazquez at catcher, despite the fact he hadn't caught Porcello all year, and Vazquez sneaks a flyball over the wall in left against Zach Britton - his first homer since June 26 - to extend the Boston lead to 4-0.
"I don't know if [the players] took it personally". Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier followed with a ideal inning each to protect a 4-1 lead, and Red Sox ace Chris Sale followed with a 1-2-3 eighth in a rare relief appearance. "I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything".