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"Fastball", catcher Gary Sanchez said when asked what pitches Romine was throwing, "and slower fastball".

Boston knocked New York's starting pitcher out early, widened its lead against a converted member of the rotation working out of the bullpen and left the proud denizens of the Bronx generally silent in the late innings.

Umpire Angel Hernandez had a rough Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday night, having four of his calls reviewed by replay and three overturned in fewer than five innings of the game.

Holt's big night has Boston within one game of advancing to the next round, as they take a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 on Tuesday night.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) will start today for Boston, while NY counters with Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39).

"That's probably just something they do when they win", the manager said.

Brock Holt had one thing in mind: He was swinging for the fences.

"As bad a night as it was for us, we've got to turn the page", Boone said. "And tomorrow's obviously do or die".

A Cy Young candidate during the first half of the 2018 season, Severino was 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 15 starts prior to the Midsummer Classic. There was a TBS report that he began to warm up only 10 minutes before the game began, but Boone insisted he had enough time to get ready.

But to that point, let's go back to the first thought of matchup, because Eovaldi might actually be the better one against either Severino or Sabathia.

The game fell apart quickly, too. Andrew Benintendi lifted Boston with a three-run double in a seven-run fourth inning for Boston. Still, Green proceeded to serve up a two-out RBI single to Steve Pearce and a two-run triple to Holt.

By the seventh, the stands had started to empty.

The second-string catcher actually hit 90 miles per hour with his fastball. "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", Holt said. I told everyone, "Get me up".

The only other position player to pitch in a postseason game was Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington against Kansas City in the 2015 AL Championship Series. They gave Price a standing ovation after he imploded again in the postseason, folding against the Yankees in Game 2 while recording onyl five outs.

Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons - against out-of-division opponents. Clearly, no one rooting for the home team expected anything like this. Boone stuck with Severino, who proceeded to walk Jackie Bradley, Jr. on four pitches to load the bases.

"I mean, in hindsight because he didn't get an out, sure", Boone said. Now back at home, will NY win again tonight to grab the lead in the series and pull within one win of taking the series? "I need a home run for the cycle, '" Holt said of the buildup to his final at-bat.

It was a sharp turnaround for Severino. He is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 12 career postseason outings, including four starts.


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