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Sanchez, Judge power Yankees past Red Sox 6-2 to even ALDS

09 October 2018
Sanchez, Judge power Yankees past Red Sox 6-2 to even ALDS

That's not quite what you want to see from a pitcher with a $127 million contract - especially in October.

For all his left-handed, regular-season talent and success, the veteran Red Sox hurler is a playoff disaster as he showed yet again on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Of course, Sanchez's presence in the lineup, especially given his two home runs in Saturday's Game 2 win, is important, but Boone said his role as a game caller and on defense can not be underestimated.

And now despite a stellar career in the regular season, you have to wonder if the left-hander will ever win a playoff game before retirement beckons. As the two rivals split the opening pair of games in Boston, the series now moves to NY.

The bombing began nearly from the outset.

If they don't, the Yankees will be celebrating to "New York, New York" again Monday in The Bronx. Red Sox fans' worst fears were realized in the form of a 1.2 inning start. Right-hander Joe Kelly entered in relief of Price and succeeded in stabilizing the game with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

Cora and the Red Sox wouldn't sound off about Judge's musical taste - not that they could hear the famous Kander and Ebb song on Fenway's concourse through thick clubhouse walls after the 6-2 win in Game 2.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was not happy with one of his pitchers for making excuses over his lack of hustle during Game 2 of the ALDS. He also allowed a pair of solo home runs from Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge before he was pulled after just 1 2/3 innings.

Cora's rather simplistic handicapping of his team's chances to win the series was as elementary as it comes. On the road, he is 9-6 with a 3.99 ERA, but he is 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA at Yankee Stadium. No one saw it land as the belt easily cleared the Green Monster in left field and was clocked at 479 feet. Bill Mueller smacked a 1-1 pitch back up the middle, chasing home Roberts with the tying run. But, against the Yankees and on the postseason stage, Price's mental toughness is what got him yanked more than his physical ability and talent. The six-pack ties Jose Bautista for the most any batter has hit off of the 33-year-old starter.

"All empires fall sooner or later", then-Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said that night. He ended Game 4 with a two-run home run in the 12th inning.

"In this situation in the playoffs, you don't know how long you are going to be in there and we made a move pretty early in the game", was Happ's somewhat terse post-game review. "You know, just after we won Game 1 to go out there and have that opportunity to go up 2-0, and to throw the baseball the way that I did, it was definitely tough".

That's what the Yankees will need in order to take a series lead against Boston. The Red Sox would be thrilled if they get what Eovaldi provided in four of his last five starts with the Rays, when he completed at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or less each time. Perhaps revealingly, it was right here at Fenway. Oh, and the Bucky Effing Dent game doesn't technically count - that unforgettable tiebreaker contest went down in the history books as Game 163 of the 1978 season - but those other 21 games have produced an impressive number of postseason heroes. Jason Varitek led off the eighth with a home run off Hernandez and Nomar Garciaparra followed with a double to force Torre to go to his bullpen, but four relievers combined to shut down Boston and give the Yankees the victory and the trip to the World Series.