During the game, Ron Darling floated a question about Severino's short warm-up time, suggesting the pitcher might have arrived to the bullpen late, minutes ahead of the game's scheduled 7:40 p.m. first pitch.
Torres hit a slow ground ball to third base, and Eduardo Nunez fielded it. Roberts, who stole five bases in 45 games with Boston after he arrived in a July 31 trade from the Dodgers, stole second base on Rivera's first pitch, beating the throw from Jorge Posada, to move into scoring position.
After winning Games 1 and 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series, the Red Sox were put in position to close the Yankees out in Game 4 thanks to an absolutely stellar pitching performance by Rick Porcello, a former AL Cy Young award victor.
All Holt did the night before was complete the first postseason cycle in Major League Baseball history, yet Cora went back to Ian Kinsler, who of course drove in the second run of the game. But not only did they pop bottles-they did so to Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York".
Then there's the question of what happens if the Red Sox win game three. In the third inning, which began with the Yankees down by a run, the first four batters went single, single, sacrifice fly, single - at which point the Yankees still didn't have anyone warming up in the bullpen. The last time NY got its doors blown off like this was in the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks where they lost 15-2 in Game 6, according to USA Today.
Boston, which won an MLB-best 108 games during the regular season, will now meet the defending World Series champion Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series, beginning Saturday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were making hard contact against him, and making it look easy. "No, I'm kidding", Holt said about how much credit Cora should take.
Shortly after the Red Sox hung on to beat the Yankees 4-3 in Game 4, the team arrived in the visiting clubhouse with a familiar song playing rather loudly. The Red Sox destroyed the Yankees by a score of 16-1 in the Bronx. Christian Vazquez started at catcher over Sandy Leon. He held the Yankees to one run on four hits.
Before the last two games, NY was 7-0 at home over the past two postseasons. There were 11 hits given up, two of them home runs, and opponents hit.183 against them. Sabathia wouldn't offer any specifics on his beef with Hernandez on Tuesday, but the two chatted after the first inning as the left-hander departed the mound.
Moreland, a left-handed hitter with a good glove, was removed from Game 2 after he hurt his right hamstring running the bases.
Porcello needed only 25 pitches to get through New York's lineup the first time and entered the fifth inning with only 40 pitches.
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