Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

David Price's playoff woes continue as Yankees even ALDS with Red Sox

David Price's playoff woes continue as Yankees even ALDS with Red Sox

Luis Severino allowed six runs in three-plus innings, including three in a seven-run fourth inning, as the Yankees were pushed to the brink of elimination with a 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. Yankees manager Joe Torre gave him the baseball for Game 1 of the first postseason contest ever against the rival Red Sox, and after a shaky start - Boston scored two in the first (a fielding error with no outs fueled the rally) and one more in the second - Hernandez shut out the Red Sox in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings on just three more hits.

By the end of a dreary night for the Yankees, they were reduced to sending backup catcher Austin Romine to the mound to pitch the ninth inning in a mostly empty stadium - and watching him give up a two-run homer to Holt, who thus completed a cycle and ensured this would be the most lopsided postseason defeat in the Yankees' storied history.

For the Red Sox to salvage this game, their beleaguered bullpen would have to keep the Yankees' offense at bay for the rest of the game, and their own lineup would need to chip away at what was then a three-run lead against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka and the army of flamethrowing relievers they had in reserve.

The Red Sox are 8-1 in their last nine Monday games. Obviously, you don't expect to hit a home run, but I was trying to. The only time they scored more runs in the postseason was a 23-7 win over Cleveland in 1999.

Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons - against out-of-division opponents. It was the first time since 2015 that the Yankees had used a position player to pitch in a game. Severino didn't even know what time the game started.

"We've faced these guys so many times this year", Benintendi said.

Regularly, the starter will throw about 21-26 pitches and face a pair of hitters before stepping out of the bullpen and walking to the dugout for the start of the game, Rothschild said. In Game 2, Cora pulled starter David Price after three runs and five outs.

"I found out once we had landed (in New York) that I was going to start Game 3", Eovaldi added of the move. "Mitch is available, but he's not 100 percent", Cora said. Fortunately for the Yankees, it only counts as one game. Steve Pearce played first and had an RBI single in the fourth. "Stuff-wise, he was OK", Boone said. Brett Gardner was back in center, but Boone said he wouldn't hesitate to use Hicks in any role off the bench. In the 17 starts that followed, Sevy pitched much more tentatively, going 9-6 with a 3.99 ERA. In his dozen career postseason appearances, he is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA.

In their long and storied histories as iconic franchises in Major League Baseball, the Yankees and Red Sox have squared off against each other 2,215 times.

Being late was the theme for the Yankees in Game 3.

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