What Brock Holt and the Red Sox said about history-making cycle


By the time the inning was over, the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead they never relinquished. "Our fans are awesome, especially in the postseason". That has to be some kind of record, but while Hernandez didn't speak to the media after the game Major League Baseball backed up the working use of the replay system to deliver the proper result.

Didi Gregorius singled and Giancarlo Stanton struck out, dropping to 4 for 18 (.222) with no RBIs in the series.

'I think it was a sound decision'.

"If you're a player, what do you want to play for?" "It's been an unbelievable atmosphere when we play here at home".

The Red Sox now go on to face the defending-champion Astros in the ALCS, which starts Saturday night in Boston. Holt hit the first cycle in postseason history. "Last year that place was alive, and it was loud from the get-go".

He pulled all the right strings and led his talented roster to a convincing four-game victory in the once hostile but now docile Yankee Stadium. But if you ask the veterans, well, it's a new experience for them, too. The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on September 27. In my opinion, I think there's something to it. These guys go through routines that usually take 25, 30 minutes, where they're running in the outfield and then they go through a long-toss routine and then they get on the mound and they kind of work their way into it and then get to the dugout, have plenty of time to relax and figure it out and go out there and you're ready to go. The season matchups included a four-game series in Houston and a three-game series in NY.

"I think it's going to be fantastic".

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I mean, usually when stuff like that's going on, you don't really talk about it. (Holt, aware of his 1-for-15 track record against Severino, texted Cora: "Are you sure?") Those players combined to go 2-for-4 against the righty and 8-for-17 on the night. "You get it, and you just hope he makes the right calls".

Apropos of nothing in this realm, perhaps, but credit that connection, in Boone's mind, for Yankee Stadium's average attendance being up more than 4,000 fans per game this year, and the turnstile total over the whole season ranking second in Major League Baseball.

"No choice but to flush", manager Aaron Boone said. We have a bad night, we don't get to play. "It's not just the same old guard".

After clinching a place in the American League Championship Series in Yankee Stadium by defeating their NY rivals, the Red Sox chose to celebrate to a special soundtrack.

The Yankees know what they're in for Monday, but they clearly have the advantage of their "11th Man". "I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything". From the beginning, he told us how good we can be, and we obviously knew that, but we believed him. "I need a homer".

"Like I've been saying all along, we're a complete team, and we count on everybody to win games".