Makes a baseball fan excited about what will happen in the final few games of this ALDS.
Some three hours of baseball were played Saturday night between the moment the Boston Red Sox's starting pitcher departed the proceedings and the moment when Game 2 of the American League Division Series ended - three hours in which the outcome was still more or less malleable, and the Red Sox's hopes of stealing a win from the visiting New York Yankees went from unlikely to quite fathomable to dwindling to nil.
"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. October has a way of cementing legacies. "During the regular season, the Yankees" aggregate 3.38 ERA from relievers was fourth-best in the league.
His postseason leading up to Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was not great.
Three runs were charged to Lance Lynn, who retired just one batter. After an 0-for-4 performance with two Ks in Game 6, Boone spent most of Game 7 watching from the bench.
And the home run came off a position player.
Apparently there was some miscommunication before the game, which led to Severino only having eight minutes to prepare for first pitch. The Red Sox were making consistent hard contact. But the 2004 postseason is where he established his reputation as a clutch hitter.
Then there's the question of what happens if the Red Sox win game three. We can argue that Boone should have pulled Severino in the third inning, but it was criminal that the Yankees skipper sent the right-hander out for the fourth inning. He wasn't done, though. That's probably the first time I've ever tried to do that. "I mean, it's not a seven-game set".
Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks remained out of the lineup after missing Game 2 with tightness in his right hamstring, which forced him from the series opener Friday. The 2015 All-Star also doubled home a run in the eighth and finished with five RBIs.
Devers opened the second with a single and stolen base, then scored the game's first run on an infield single by catcher Christian Vazquez, who started in place of Sandy Leon. Mitch Moreland was 1-for-3 and scored a run.
"Everyone wants to talk about the main guys on the team, and the star players, but when you look, it's guys like that [who] make the difference in the game". He entered the game as a pinch-runner for Millar (again) after Millar walked (again) with no outs in a one-run game. He went on to spend 13 seasons pitching for the Mets, Expos and A's. Steve Pearce played first and had an RBI single in the fourth.
Severino, who pitched into the fourth, began to run into serious trouble in the third inning, when the Red Sox followed a couple of base hits with a sacrifice fly and a fielder's choice. NY won in the 10th, on a solo home run by Bernie Williams off Boston closer Rod Beck. "He was able to sit down for three or four minutes and go out".