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Rick Porcello ready to attack Yankees hitters in Game 4

09 October 2018, 04:39 | Charlene Valdez

Rick Porcello ready to attack Yankees hitters in Game 4

BOSTON MA.- OCTOBER 5 Alex Cora #20 of the Boston Red Sox welcomes his players during team introductions prior to the start of Game 1 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston

He'll be the answer to a trivia question for that, and also for allowing Brock Holt's ninth-inning home run, which wrapped up the first-ever cycle in postseason history.

Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS.

The Red Sox scored seven times in one frame twice in the ALDS against the Angels - Game 1 in 2004, Game 3 in 2007 - and in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series against the Rockies. "It's something I'll remember for a long, long time".

Holt, Devers and Vazquez combined to go 8-for-18 at the plate, with seven RBIs and six runs scored.

"Everyone wants to talk about the main guys on the team, and the star players, but when you look, it's guys like that [who] make the difference in the game". Cora's moves paid off in spades, but the player who had the most success apparently was surprised to hear he was getting the call. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated. The trade deadline acquisition from Tampa Bay was overpowering, carving his way through seven innings in his first postseason start.

What the Red Sox do for Game 4 is 100% reliant on what happens on Monday. The Yankees hit several hard shots that went right at defenders. Speaking of strategy, it's clear Vázquez and Eovaldi had a great plan to attack the Yankees hitters. "Obviously you don't go into the game expecting to make history or do anything like that, let alone score 16 runs against a very good New York Yankees team".

Boston goes into Game 4 seemingly in control of this series. On the downside, they're now one loss from elimination.

"The Yankees" bullpen is one of the best in baseball. Sabathia has vast postseason experience (22 starts dating to 2001). Red Sox relievers have given up five in 11 innings.

On the other side of the equation, the Yankees' bats are overdue for their own offensive explosion, having mostly been held in check this series. The Yankees' were 53-28 there during the regular season, the second-best home record behind Boston's 57-24. Really, it had been tame since the middle of Game 1. Chad Green allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings.

Because Porcello pitched effectively in Game 1 out of the bullpen (two-thirds of a scoreless inning), he has had a head start on flipping his postseason script.

Mookie Betts, in fact, hit a 405-foot flyout to the center-field warning track to begin the game.

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