Things got ugly in the Bronx last night. The Red Sox pummeled the Yankees 16-1 to put the Yankees on the brink of elimination.
Yankees pitcher Luis Severino did not look good to say the least. He got out of the first inning unharmed but the Red Sox were making good contact on their outs.
In the 2nd inning, Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers led off with a single. He then stole second and moved to third on a ground out. Catcher Christian Vazquez hit a ground ball up the middle that appeared was going into the shift but Severino reached down for the ball and it got deflected off the webbing of his glove, which allowed Devers to score.
Severino began to unravel in the 3rd inning. He walked Mookie Betts and gave up a single to Andrew Benintendi. J.D. Martinez then hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Benintendi scored of a ground ball out from Devers.
The bulk of the damage came in the 4th inning when Yankees pitcher Luis Severino allowed the first three batters on to load the bases. The Yankees brought in Lance Lynn who did everything but put out the fire. He got just one out and needed to be relieved by Chad Green. The Red Sox scored 7 runs on 6 hits in the inning.
On the other hand, Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovoldi continued his success against the Yankees this year going 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 K, and no walks.
Red Sox utility man Brock Holt made history becoming the first player ever to hit for the cycle in the postseason. He completed it off of Yankees catcher Austin Romine. Yes you read that right. This got so ugly that Boone went to a position player to pitch.
“I knew I needed a home run,” Holt said. “I told everyone ‘Get me up. I need a home run for a cycle.’ I was going to try to hit a home run, but I figured I’d ground out to first, be out in front of something.”
TBS broadcaster Ron Darling mentioned during the game that it appeared Severino started his warm-up late because he may not have known what time the game started.
“I came out 20 minutes before the game like I always do,” Severino said. “A game like this, you remember what time it starts. No confusion about the time. I always go to the bullpen 8-10 minutes before the game. I warm up quickly.”
It’s doubtful that Severino actually didn’t know when the game started. Pitcher’s are creatures of habit and they all have their very detailed routine on the days that they pitch. You can chalk this one up as just an awful outing.
Game 4 will feature CC Sabathia vs. Rick Porcello in a do or die game for the Yankees.
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