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The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 16-1 in Game Three of the American League Divisional Series. With the win, the Red Sox lead the series 2-1 over the Yankees. Nathan Eovaldi made the start for Boston while Luis Severino did so for New York. The game was played at Yankee Stadium in New York.
This was the game of bold decisions. Maybe “bold” doesn’t paint an accurate picture but first-year manager Alex Cora changed his strategy for Game Three. Perhaps going against expectations, he decided to pitch Nathan Eovaldi instead of Rick Porcello. The latter had logged critical innings out of the bullpen in Game One but still seemed poised to make the start. Instead, Eovaldi, who has had great success against New York this year, got the nod and was splendid.
Boston’s right-handed went seven innings of one earned run baseball. He also struck out five and walked one.
With the lineup, Cora played Brock Holt, Christian Vazquez and Rafael Devers in favor of Ian Kinsler, Eduardo Nunez and Sandy Leon; all of whom started the first two games. The three combined to go 8-18 with seven RBIs.
Even though his homer came in the 9th off Austin Romine (yes, you read that right), Brock Holt hit for a postseason cycle. Yes, he literally hit for a cycle in the postseason. It was the second of his career and the first in MLB postseason history. HISTORY.
Meanwhile, the whole Red Sox lineup erupted, scoring 16 runs and 18 hits.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the New York Yankees at 8:07 p.m. eastern on Tuesday. Rick Porcello is tabbed to start for the Red Sox and C.C. Sabathia for the Yankees. If Boston wins, they will advance to American League Championship Series.