Red Sox strike first in ALDS Game 4, take 3-0 lead

13 October, 2018, 22:29 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Yankees are in uncharted waters with a surprising edge

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, meanwhile, was far more effective, giving up only one run and four hits over five innings, striking out one with no walks while throwing 48 of 65 pitches for strikes. Boston did so with class, pure joy and a hint of pettiness.

In the 2004 ALCS, the Red Sox became the first big league team to overcome 3-0 postseason deficit, winning the final two games on the road and going on to sweep the World Series for its first title since 1918.

They made that abundantly clear in dominant fashion, beating the Yankees in back-to-back games at Yankee Stadium to officially bring New York's 2018 season to an end. Today we have to match up with CC (Sabathia), and Ian comes up with a bit hit, (Eduardo) Nunez did an outstanding job offensively and defensively, Christian did a good job too. You know how it worked: Just how Cora wanted it to when he wrote out his lineup card. He jumped on the first pitch, a knuckleball from Tim Wakefield that didn't move enough, and smashed it into the left-field stands for a walk-off home run that sent the Yankees to the World Series. I'm sure that'll go well and not have one hint of controversy. As Reggie Jackson once said, they don't boo nobodies. Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier followed with a flawless inning each to protect a 4-1 lead, and Red Sox ace Chris Sale followed with a 1-2-3 eighth in a rare relief appearance.

Every starter had at least one hit for the Red Sox, who piled up 18 in all.

Steve Pearce held his foot on the bag on a close play at first to seal the game after Gleyber Torres hit a slow chopper to third with two outs and the tying run on second.

That's a small but meaningful gesture that shows what a considerate guy Betts is.


Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland sat out after leaving Game 2 when he hurt his right hamstring running the bases.

"He was more emphatic about wanting to be in there tonight", Boone said, referring to Hicks.

The next night, after 1978 Boston nemesis Bucky Dent threw out the first pitch, Boone stayed with Sabathia even when the 38-year-old lefty, pitching on 11 days' rest, ran into trouble in the third.

"Yeah, I think that's something that really started past year, as this fan base absolutely connected with this new young corps that has developed", Boone said. "Hopefully, we can go out there and give them reason to keep building as the game unfolds".

Yeesh. That's bad. Players want to be booed on the road.

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.

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