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After 1st postseason cycle, Holt returns to Boston’s bench

After 1st postseason cycle, Holt returns to Boston’s bench

It's a new phenomenon for numerous young players on the Yankees, who only have the last two seasons, and maybe the 2015 Wild Card Game, to draw on.

On another October night in the Bronx, in another postseason game against the hated Red Sox, in another moment that demanded decisive action, Boone, now the Yankees' rookie manager, did the managerial opposite of hitting a walk-off homer: He pulled a sit-down blunder, and it sent the Yankees to an ugly 16-1 loss in Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium - a dispiriting and historic beatdown that placed the Yankees' 100-win season on the brink.

"That's the one team that you don't want to lose to", outfielder Brett Gardner said.

"We've gotten huge lifts from them", Aaron Hicks says. "Obviously, they just had our number this year". Gleyber Torres hit a slow roller that third baseman Eduardo Nunez charged and threw in a hurry. The Yankees immediately challenged and, with a sellout crowd standing and hoping, the out call was upheld after a 63-second review. "It's tough", reliever David Robertson said. "So every single day I've been peeing like insane, being hydrated", Hicks said.

"This fan base I feel like absolutely connected with kind of this new generation of Yankee player, this young corps that has developed", Boone said.

Over the three starts he's had against Boston in 2018, he has a 1.41 ERA as he's allowed just three runs on 14 hits in 19.2 innings of work.

The Red Sox advance to the AL Championship Series, where they will host Houston Astros in Game 1 on Friday.

"I didn't expect to come here and lose two in a row". Severino said. "I came out 20 minutes before the game like I usually do". 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. Right-handed hitter Steve Pearce was set to start at first base Monday night at Yankee Stadium against righty Luis Severino.

On deck, a long winter of wondering how they've fallen behind in a rivalry they dominated for almost a century. Boston ended up winning 10-3, paving the way to the Red Sox's first World Series title since 1918.




In case you were wondering, Holt was dealt from the Pirates to the Red Sox as a part in the Joel Hanrahan deal in the winter of 2012. New York's lineup has 266 home runs this season, led by Giancarlo Stanton's mark of 38.

"Definitely frustrating", Boone said.

The Red Sox got to C.C. Sabathia early, knocking him out of the game after a three-run third inning. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award victor entered with a 0-3 in 12 previous postseason appearances, which included four starts.

Amazingly, this was only the fourth time in history that Boston and NY had met in a postseason series, and now the score is officially even at 2-2.

"It's a good song". And the main accusation against him - that he didn't acquire bullpen help at the deadline - did not factor into the Game 4 victory, with his guy Ryan Brasier pitching like a grizzled veteran of big moments.

That was the last time they did.

Ortiz went 6-for-12 in the first three games of the ALCS, but his Red Sox lost all three games. Their manager let things get out of hand. Nunez's throw almost pulled first baseman Steve Pearce off the bag, but Pearce kept his toe in place and Torres was out by less than a step. By the time the inning was over, the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead they never relinquished.

Though his own bullpen was nowhere as potent as his opponent's, Cora was decisive in going to it in the sixth inning, after watching the Yankees take a series of impressive swings and taxing at-bats against Porcello in the fifth. "I think it was a sound decision".