The series is now tied, 1-1, as we head back to NY.
"It's a good song".
Had the Yankees been able to capitalize with runners in scoring position during the series opener, they would likely be returning to Yankee Stadium with a commanding 2-0 lead in this best-of-five series. "We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game".
Down quickly 3-0 to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, any whisper of faith Red Sox fans had in their No. 2 starter blew away in the October wind as quickly as Aaron Judge's blast in the top of the first.
Aaron Boone will be hoping for a longer outing from Severino, who posted a 3.39 ERA, 3.10 xFIP and 10.35 K/9 in 191.1 innings in 2018, on Monday night.
Price gave up three runs on three hits, including two home runs, and recorded only five outs before he was pulled from the game to a chorus of boos in the second inning.
NY is 19-9 in the postseason at new Yankee Stadium, where boisterous Bronx crowds try to intimidate. Benintendi has 11 hits in 28 at-bats against Severino, including three doubles, two homers an a triple. "From his cage work to his [batting practice], he's been seemingly locked in", Judge said.
The Red Sox are one dominant Nathan Eovaldi performance away from reclaiming home-field advantage in a series now tied at 1-1.
Game 5 would be back in Boston on Thursday, if necessary. But on Saturday night, the player feeling the crush of those walls, and hearing the vitriol of the crowd, wore the home-white trousers and home-red jersey of the Red Sox.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they were forced to pitch Rick Porcello on Friday night in an effort to hold off the Yankees and get the victory in Game 1.
And then, perhaps he'll re-gain value throughout Red Sox Nation.
A year earlier, Boone's 11th-inning homer off Tim Wakefield won Game 7 and the AL pennant.
Gary Sanchez did him one better.
Between home runs, Sanchez got into a spat with Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier over Sanchez's repeated attempts at stepping out of the batter's box during his fifth-inning at-bat. His presence evoked one of the unique aspects of a winner-take-all postseason game: a starting pitcher on standby to enter in relief. The former Red Sox infielder was there in the flesh, sitting on the bench in the visitor's dugout, helping guide the Houston Astros through the Bronx and into the World Series. He pitched for NY in 2015 and '16 before injuring his elbow, which required Tommy John surgery for the second time.
"Trying to keep the ball in the ballpark - try and get quick outs, try not to let the crowd get too insane and get behind them and get them going", he said. Red Sox manager Alex Cora didn't have any faith either in giving him the quick hook.
"That's probably just something they do when they win", the manager said.
Of all the players in this series, Price may have had the most riding on his performance.
Boone was asked how he'd feel if a Sox player did the same as a Yankees player, but with "Sweet Caroline" blasting. "So the fans are going to be excited", Betances said. The odds on any individual baseball game between two good teams are pretty much a coin-toss.
"The reason why [I called timeout] was because my hands were a little numb from a foul ball", Sanchez said to ESPN's Buster Olney on the field after the game.
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel tossed a football with pitching coach Dana LeVangie before throwing a baseball in the outfield.
Ortiz went 6-for-12 in the first three games of the ALCS, but his Red Sox lost all three games.