Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Holt becomes first player to hit for cycle in playoffs

Holt becomes first player to hit for cycle in playoffs

"We felt the matchup was good for him".

To listen to the full "John Flaherty Report" on "Boomer and Gio", in which the ex-Yankee also looks ahead to Tuesday night's Game 4, click on the audio player above. It doesn't matter how many times he sues Major League Baseball. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated.

"I always go to the bullpen 10 minutes before the game", Severino said. "It was loud and had a good atmosphere back then, but I think just starting with last year's Wild Card Game, there was a different buzz". "But he was born to be a manager, he's a natural leader". I still want to pitch. "I rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me".

Red Sox: Porcello (17-7, 4.28 ERA) got two late outs in relief during the series opener last Friday, so his start was pushed back a day to Game 4.

While the Red Sox got strong starts from Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello during the series, Yankees starters provided only 13 innings in four games. 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.

"No, no, no", Cora said. And as terrible of a night as it was for us, we got to turn the page. I guess we're all in, he thought. Cora anxious about Game 5.

Well, it didn't have Brock Holt, which is a statement in itself.

"None. He didn't even play".

"He's not afraid", a Champagne-drenched Dombrowski said after the game, pausing occasionally to clap a passing player on the shoulder. He's led us to this point. I'd expect him to be strong again tonight before turning it over to one of the best pullpens in baseball.

"This one I'll remember for a long time", said Holt, unaware of his achievement until told by a television reporter right after the final out. He turned to his primary setup man, Matt Barnes, who was Sale-like: three up, three down. "You get an opportunity to have the ball in Yankee Stadium, Game 4, this is the culmination of the entire season leads up to your opportunities in the postseason".

What about having Porcello on the mound in the first place? "Hopefully, we can go out there and give them reason to keep building as the game unfolds". Holt hit for the cycle in the Red Sox's 16-1 win.

Mookie Betts, in fact, hit a 405-foot flyout to the center-field warning track to begin the game. Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier followed with a ideal inning each to protect a 4-1 lead, and Red Sox ace Chris Sale followed with a 1-2-3 eighth in a rare relief appearance.

But the guy who ran the show, Cora, was new guy at the very top as the team reached 108 regular-season wins. His first 79 appearances in the majors came out of the bullpen.

All season, Cora reminded his players to be aggressive. Ian Kinsler finished 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Of course, they're not going to say that. "So I'm definitely looking forward to that and giving us a chance to win". "The last two games, if you think about it, it was fun to watch".

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