Holt completed the first cycle in postseason history with the homer.
The last time the Red Sox played a postseason game in Yankee Stadium was in the American League Championship Series, October of 2004. And he squarely hit Brock Holt's bat, and the result was a two-run homer in the ninth that gave Holt the first cycle in postseason history. "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", NY manager Aaron Boone said later in the day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face.
To the extent it remains a controversy today, however, I'd say that, on the one hand, you can believe Severino if/when he says that he had his totally normal routine, assuming nothing else comes out to rebut that, because we really don't know better than he does.
In the bottom of the third, Hernandez called Gleyber Torres out at first base when he was trying to beat out a grounder. The Red Sox produced their fourth seven-run inning in a postseason game and first since Game 1 of the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies.
If the Yankees do win Game 3, it is very likely the Red Sox throw Chris Sale out on the mound to start Game 4 in an effort to avoid elimination. "I rounded the bases, and seeing everybody going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me". "This is one I'll remember for a long time and hopefully we can carry this over to tomorrow". Luis Severino, coming off four scoreless innings in the wild-card game against Oakland, starts for NY and former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi pitches for the Red Sox. I've had pitchers that I've worked with in the past texting me saying there's no way he should be warming up that late. "He knew where we were going". "I play catch. And then I always get on the mound with 10 or eight minutes before the game", Severino said.
There was talk during Game 3 that Severino didn't know what time the game started, causing his warmup to be rushed.
Then there was Angel Hernandez, who was the umpire at first base, and who had four of his calls go to replay review in the first four innings. "So I'm not going to go out there and compete if I'm not healthy".
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino looks on against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2018.
For tonight's lineups, Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees manager Aaron Boone both made a few, interesting changes.
So when Holt and Benintendi come to the plate, get your popcorn ready.
Red Sox legend and Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, who was on the TBS pre- and postgame show, did not mince words with the longtime umpire. In the eighth, facing lefty Stephen Tarpley, he hit an RBI double, putting himself a homer shy of history. The ugly totals: 10 batters faced, three hits, two walks, two home runs, only five outs.
"I think that's a little bit blown out of proportion. For me to pitch the way I did and for us to score as many runs as we did, it was a big game for us tonight".
And when Boone did call for a reliever, he summoned a starter, Lance Lynn, rather than someone from the deep NY bullpen. He said he threw all fastballs, despite what the pitch-recognition systems were calling them, the fastest of which hit 90 miles per hour and the slowest of them at 68. And their backup catcher wound up pitching. He's pitched well against the Yankees this year too, outside of that one start in the Bronx. But a monumental task awaits the Yankees on Tuesday night: rescuing their 100-win season from the brink.
Talking to WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" on Tuesday, Flaherty, a big-league catcher for 14 seasons, said Darling's assessment made sense to him. "Tomorrow's obviously do or die".