With the season on the line tonight, Boone cannot let Sabathia go through the lineup a third time unless the Yankees have a huge lead. That's probably the first time I've ever tried to do that.
Last night, thanks to an all-around disaster, the Yankees were pushed to the brink of elimination by the Red Sox. "We felt the matchup was good for him".
"I was just trying to get it over the plate", Romine said.
Catcher Gary Sanchez dropped a pitch on a stolen base that set up Boston's first run. Furthermore, the Red Sox are really good, and Sabathia has a significant third time through the order penalty. Vazquez's infield single off Severino's glove drove in the first run. "Watching from afar past year, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw, intense connection that the fan base had with the players, and that created a lot of buzz going into the winter obviously".
TBS reported Severino began warming up only 10 minutes before the game, and he certainly looked out of sorts from the start in misty weather. Jeered as he walked to the dugout during a seven-run burst in the fourth, it soon was 10-0. Darling said he read Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild's lips as he said "7:40" - the game's start time - to his starting pitcher. "It wasn't an issue". It was loud the whole time, and I think even opposing players can feel it.
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There were four replay challenges in the first four innings - all involving calls by first base umpire Angel Hernandez. Cora had been asked before the game about a similar situation past year in the Division Series when he was the bench coach with the Astros and A.J. Hinch brought in Justin Verlander in Game 4 against the Red Sox. "Mitch is available, but he's not 100 percent", Cora said. Steve Pearce later scored Benintendi on an RBI single to give Boston an 8-0 advantage. "I really do. I mean, I thought the atmosphere against the A's was special, but I think there's a potential that it could be even more so here", Boone said. Referencing the Red Sox getting to Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka in Game 2, he used an old idiom that happens to include a racial slur. Brett Gardner was back in center, but Boone said he wouldn't hesitate to use Hicks in any role off the 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.
Severino started New York's postseason with four shutout innings in the AL wild-card win over Oakland last Wednesday. The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on September 27. It was the most lopsided postseason loss in team history and a truly embarrassing thrashing.
Apropos of nothing in this realm, perhaps, but credit that connection, in Boone's mind, for Yankee Stadium's average attendance being up more than 4,000 fans per game this year, and the turnstile total over the whole season ranking second in Major League Baseball.
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