NEW YORK —Entering tonight’s game, the Yankees were riding high off the momentum of a critical Game 2 win and were ready to play at Yankee Stadium, where the team has been dominant in the last two postseasons.
Tonight, however, was a different story. Facing a Red Sox team that was yearning for redemption, the team fell flat, losing a blowout affair to their rivals, 16-1. It was an overall disappointing showing from the team and manager Aaron Boone, who made multiple questionable decisions in the game that turned the tides in favor of Boston.
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Luis Severino, who was coming off a decent start against Oakland in the Wild Card game, just did not have his best stuff tonight. He was unable to locate his pitches all night, going just 3+ innings, while giving up six runs on seven hits.
Questionably, though, with Severino obviously struggling to make it out of the third, Boone decided to leave him in there for the fourth inning. Even facing the bottom of the order, the righty then proceeded to load the bases before finally being taken out by his manager.
This time, with the bases loaded, instead of going to one of many strikeout weapons he has in the bullpen, Boone decided to bring in regular season starter Lance Lynn, with the team still trailing by a slim margin of three runs.
The righty then struggled out of the gate, walking Mookie Betts then allowing a bases-clearing double to Andrew Benintendi. After two more RBI-hits from Steve Pearce and Brock Holt, the Red Sox had a 10-0 lead after four innings.
Didi Gregorius drove in the only run of the game for New York in the bottom half of the frame but that was all the team would get all night.
Nate Eovaldi dominated the Yankees tonight, giving up just a run on five hits, in seven dominant innings. He also struck out five in the contest.
To add insult to injury, Brock Holt also homered against Austin Romine in the ninth inning, which completed the first ever postseason cycle.