Game 4 is Tuesday, and the Red Sox are one win away from meeting the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks' pee-until-he plays plan didn't work out like he thought it would. He wasn't as lucky in the third, allowing three runs on three hits as Boston took the lead for good. Just, I don't know.
Trailing in Game 4 of the AL Division Series, the Yankees scored twice in the ninth and had runners at first and second with two outs.
"My only criticism after we interviewed him, I went back to Dave (Dombrowski) and I said, 'Dave, he's a little confident. So it just turned into a really bad inning for us", Boone said.
BOTTOM LINE: Boston holds a 2-1 lead over NY heading into Game 4 of the ALDS.
Looking to play left-handed hitters against Severino, the first-year skipper inserted Holt at second base and Rafael Devers at third. Kimbrel and the Red Sox - suspended in mid-celebration for a minute - resumed bouncing around in excitement.
The Yankees didn't go quietly into the night, though. The fifth was where he encountered his most significant threat. Tuesday night's clincher featured five solid innings by starter Rick Porcello, three ideal innings from three setup men - including ace Chris Sale in an eighth-inning cameo - and a harrowing ninth from closer Craig Kimbrel, who needed a breath of wind at the outfield wall, a clutch pitch or three and an anticlimactic replay review to secure a messy save.
"Yeah, I think that's something that really started a year ago, as this fan base absolutely connected with this new young corps that has developed", Boone said. Price now has 5.28 ERA in 75 career postseason innings and his teams are 0-10 in his 10 starts.
A lanky, bearded 29-year-old right-hander, Porcello lived a traffic jam from Yankee Stadium in Chester, New Jersey, and is a 2007 graduate of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange - the baseball field there was renamed in his honor last year after he helped fund artificial turf and pro-style dugouts.
"We were able to slip guys in", Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday night. 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.
Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS.