Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Boston's Brock Holt rides into history on game's first postseason cycle

Boston's Brock Holt rides into history on game's first postseason cycle

It all added up to a 16-1 Red Sox blowout, as the majority of the 49,657 fans on hand at the start were long gone by the inevitable finish in Game 3 of the A.L. Division Series.

For all the focus on big boppers, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi for Boston, and Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez for NY, relievers have reigned in an error when starting pitchers often are shown the exit before they have a chance to stumble too much. Brock Holt recorded the first cycle in Major League Baseball postseason history. This season there has been just one game with such a dynamic, with Sabathia allowing just one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings. Case in point: In the third inning, Mookie Betts aggressively went from first to third on Andrew Benintendi's single to left field, something that obviously isn't done very often.

With Porcello pitching two-thirds of an inning, the Red Sox were forced to make a decision. I was trying to hit a home run.

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Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) will start today for Boston, while NY counters with Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39). "So I'm definitely looking forward to that and giving us a chance to win".

Did Yankees Manager Aaron Boone have a satisfactory explanation for leaving starting pitcher Luis Severino in a pivotal game long enough to be charged with six earned runs, essentially putting the game out of reach in the fourth inning?

"I think from pitch 1, we let them know that we were here", Cora said. "So the fans are going to be excited", Betances said.

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For as great as Eovaldi was, the night was about offense. Now back at home, will NY win again tonight to grab the lead in the series and pull within one win of taking the series? J.D. Martinez then grounded out, but Xander Bogaerts followed up with a single to put runners on the corners and keep the Red Sox rally alive.

"It was a special moment for me", Eovaldi said. Handed a big early lead, Nathan Eovaldi shut down his former team during New York's most lopsided defeat in 396 postseason games. "I don't think it's sunk in".

With Rick Porcello scheduled to start Game 4 on Tuesday and Chris Sale likely to pitch Game 5 back in Boston if it's necessary, Price's best shot at redeeming himself in this series will be coming out of the bullpen. The meeting would happen one round later than in 2017, with the Astros finishing off a sweep of Cleveland and clinching a return to the ALCS. "During the regular season, the Yankees" aggregate 3.38 ERA from relievers was fourth-best in the league.

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