Price Falters Again, Bats Go Silent in 6-2 Game 2 Loss

Dean Simpson
October 9, 2018

NY and Boston split at Fenway Park and are tied 1-1 in the best-of-five AL Division Series going into Game 3 on Monday night.

Monday's Game 3 of the ALDS was obviously the biggest game of the Yankees season.

Added manager Aaron Boone: "He had what he meant to go down there and get done".

What a beautifully weird game we love.

Sanchez, who went 2-for-5 with the two homers, four RBIs and a pair of strikeouts, dominated the Yankees' stat line.

Stop me if you've heard this one before: In a playoff game in the Bronx that involved Aaron Boone, a manager made a poor decision to stick with his ace for too long. He also did so on April 11 in an early-season game at Fenway Park. It's definitely probably the most important game I've ever pitched in. Right-hander Joe Kelly entered in relief of Price and succeeded in stabilizing the game with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. It was the fourth inning, to be precise, just after Severino had allowed a 1-0 Boston lead to balloon to a 3-0 lead in the third, behind three hits and a sacrifice fly.

What the Red Sox do for Game 4 is 100% reliant on what happens on Monday. With Andrew Benintendi at the plate with the bases still loaded, Lynn split the plate with a 95 miles per hour fastball on a 2-2 count.

Did they want to give him another days rest and move up Nathan Eovaldi? "That's what happens when you miss it right in the middle of the plate". Last October, Willson Contreras hit a 491-foot homer for the Cubs. In the eighth, he doubled in a run off lefty Stephen Tarpley, then completed the cycle-the first ever in MLB's entire postseason history-in the ninth by hitting a two-run homer off catcher (yes, catcher; that's how bad it got for the Yankees) Austin Romine.

And the home run came off a position player. But a homer is a homer. Boston trailed by a run, 4-3, and was on the verge of being swept. Both the Judge and Sanchez homers came on 91-mph fastballs, a couple of ticks below Price's 93-mph average this season. Berra had two in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series.

"I talked to him today". "It's an honor to me".

The over is 8-1 in the last nine Yankees games overall. Eleven days later, NY won its 22nd World Series title.

The moment offered a reminder of Mariano Rivera's enthusiastic reception at Fenway Park prior to the home opener of the 2005 season, six months after Rivera's two blown saves in the ALCS paved the way for the Red Sox' first title in 86 years. "If you hear that from Yankees staff or something like that, maybe you can believe it, but I don't know where you get that from. So, no big deal". "But, I'm just here to try to help the guys out there". "If he's doing that, he's going to be a unsafe hitter". Sanchez had three multihomer games in the regular season, none after May 19.

"He's been swinging the bat well".

"The fans, they're out there on the field with you", Judge said.

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