By Tyler Englander 10/09/2018
Damage Done. The Red Sox blew out the Yankees 16-1 in Game 3 of the ALDS to go up 2-1 in the best of five series. The Sox offense had a big day scoring sixteen runs on eighteen hits. The Sox did their damage in the fourth inning scoring 7 times with the big hits being a 3-run base-clearing double from Andrew Benintendi and a two-run triple by Brock Holt. The decision by Red Sox manager Alex Cora inserting Rafael Devers, Brock Holt and Christian Vasquez paid off as the trio combined for five hits and 4 RBI’s. Holt became the first player to ever hit for the cycle in postseason play.
Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was dominant through seven innings of work. Eovaldi gave up only 1 run on five hits. The strong work by Eovaldi allowed Alex Cora to rest his bullpen going into Game 4. Yankees starter Luis Severino struggled in this one going 3+ giving up six runs.
Game Four is slated for 8 PM. Rick Porcello starts for the Red Sox while C.C. Sabathia is set to go for the Yankees. Both teams have made it clear that the hook will be quick for both starters with David Price available out of the Sox pen and J.A Happ available for the Yankees. Should the Yankees win, Game Five is set for Thursday night at Fenway Park. If the Red Sox win Tuesday and clinch the series, Game One of the ALCS against the Astros will take place Saturday in Boston.