The Red Sox are 8-1 in their last nine Monday games.
Last night, thanks to an all-around disaster, the Yankees were pushed to the brink of elimination by the Red Sox.
Darling: "I found [Benintendi stealing second base] unusual, but you know, you can still keep pushing the envelope".
According to the TBS telecast, Severino did not begin warming up until 7:32 p.m. ET, only 10 minutes before he threw his first pitch. Club a three-run homer. "We'll feel good about giving him the ball". J.D. Martinez would hit a sac fly - just shy of the warning track - and the Red Sox had drawn first blood. The only time they scored more runs in the postseason was a 23-7 win over Cleveland in 1999. Boone's career with the Yankees ended that winter, when he tore his ACL in a pickup basketball game, violating the terms of his contract, leading to his release in late February.
Bumped up a day in front of Porcello, he delivered a gem in his first postseason appearance. "A lot of people can disagree, but, really, I don't know how they could". "It was a special moment for me". "I think that would be weak for me to take that back".
Going with Eovaldi was one of several choices that paid off for Cora.
"There were several very close calls at first base tonight, and we are glad that instant replay allowed the umpiring crew to achieve the proper result on all of them". Christian Vazquez started at catcher over Sandy Leon. Nunez isn't great at third base, but he's better than Devers. Vazquez's infield single off Severino's glove drove in the first run.
Benintendi has earned a reputation as a Yankee-killer. He noted that Darling appeared aware that he might be coming off as a curmudgeon - the analyst went on to assert during Monday's telecast that he was a fan of bat-flips and "letting the kids play" - only to claim that "you have to judge for yourself, if you feel like rubbing it in starts to rub you the wrong way".
Luis Severino looked out of sorts from the start.
With the Red Sox holding a 13-run lead entering the ninth, Holt was scheduled to hit fourth. "It wasn't an issue". "The good thing about today is it's one game". The play was reviewed, but it was the correct call. "Mitch is available, but he's not 100 percent", Cora said.
Boston first baseman Steve Pearce stretched for an outstanding catch that nipped Torres. Also, Boone has to read the game better. Brett Gardner was back in center, but Boone said he wouldn't hesitate to use Hicks in any role off the bench.
"You could always get an all-hands-on-deck situation any one of these games that come up", added Boone. Game 5, if necessary, is Thursday night at Fenway Park.
It all fell apart for the Yankees in Game 3, of course.
In their long and storied histories as iconic franchises in Major League Baseball, the Yankees and Red Sox have squared off against each other 2,215 times.