Red Sox eliminate Yankees in Game 4 in photo finish

Ross Houston
October 10, 2018

"It doesn't matter how many times he sues Major League Baseball". Boston acquired him from Tampa Bay in July and the hard-throwing righty compiled a 1.93 ERA in four starts against NY this season - three with the Red Sox. Also, Boone has to read the game better.

For the Yankees' sake, hopefully the answer is no.

Whether fatigue or dead-arm played any part in Severino's less than stellar summer, Martinez's supposed declaration of an injury to the Yankees No. 1 pitcher is not only inflammatory if untrue, but insanely underhanded if indeed accurate - considering Severino credited much of his 2017 success to the Hall of Famer. If the benches cleared, it would be fantastic entertainment - but not wise for the Yanks to do anything drastic or unnecessary when they have their season on the line. Nothing anyone can do now other than turn the page and focus on Game Four tonight. They'll need to do something to show some pride and keep the series alive, if only from a mental standpoint.

After all, the game was decided long ago.

This year belongs to the Red Sox. Against the Red Sox this season: 8 for 30 with a home run, a walk, and 10 Ks.

There were four replay challenges in the first four innings - all involving calls by first base umpire Angel Hernandez.

In the fifth inning, with the Red Sox up 10-1, Benintendi stole second base after drawing a walk. "But boy, swinging 3-0 in the seventh with a 10-1 lead".

Porcello put them in the position to win with five innings of one-run ball.

Holt made the score 16-1 with his two-run shot in the ninth inning, while completing the cycle. "You don't usually see that", the 58-year-old analyst said on TBS's telecast (via Awful Announcing). "You get it, and you just hope he makes the right calls". I need a home run for a cycle.' I was going to try to hit a home run, but I figured I'd ground out to first, be out in front of something.

"Lance had a little bit of trouble, obviously, coming in there". It was loud the whole time, and I think even opposing players can feel it. I knew I was going to be in here. I was trying to hit a home run.

Looking to play left-handed hitters against Severino, the first-year skipper inserted Holt at second base and Rafael Devers at third.

Meanwhile, the Yankees' Game 3 starter, Luis Severino, was annoyed by Darling's suggestion that he was being too cavalier about his professional duties. But that argument won't work on baseball's biggest supporters of maintaining the game's convoluted, overbearing "code". First the Red Sox needed to eliminate the Yankees, and they dispatched their longtime rivals with a 4-3 victory that seemed in control until closer Craig Kimbrel couldn't find the plate in the ninth. As with the Yankees, Houston hosted the Red Sox for a four-game series at Minute Maid Park, and then visited Fenway Park for a three-game set. So the Yankees will certainly have to be careful, if anything.

Severino's velocity appeared to be down a tick in the opening innings, and he allowed six runs on seven hits in three-plus innings.

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